Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Michael suggested that I post a dog painting to inform that I take commissions for canine portraits. I didn't want to use a previous client's piece without permission, so I really enjoyed creating this one of "Neuman, the Rhodesian Ridgeback". He belonged to a client who hired me to paint favorite horses and people several years ago. While photographing at their barn, I was quite taken by Neuman, having saved the photos of him all this time.
My recollections of Neuman: he was reserved, a bit distant, yet still approachable. He freely growled disapproval of people or events in his space. I avoided eye contact with Neuman, but he was decent with me. Tall, athletic and a strikingly handsome dog, Neuman loved to run which he routinely did to an over-heated exhaustion as portrayed in the painting. Michael thinks I captured his personality of Joe-coolness perfectly.