6"x6" oil on panel
"Rosebud" is a rescue pup from a puppy mill that was one of 200 Malamutes rescued. She now lives a happy life in Morrison, CO. Her pup mom who send in the photo is Peggy Baldridge. Thank you Peggy for sending in such a beautiful photo of such a beautiful animal!
In trying to keep with the fauvist tradition, I exaggerated the color and worked hard to make my brush strokes strong. The beautiful eyes are the color reported, but the rest is just bright and fun! The nature of her fur enabled me to be quick and deliberate with my brush strokes.
Remember that many of these portraits may be better served framing in a floater frame. These are frames that show the entire surface of a painting. When framing a piece in the conventional sense it takes 1/2" off of each side. I have, in many cases, given as much of the surface to the animal as possible, so it might be a better frame choice to show all the edges. This is an example of a painting framed in a floater frame. See the small gap that extends beyond the painting before the frame starts? This is a contemporary way to frame, and works with these paintings as well. I have found a supplier of many different colors of floater frames in the 6"x6" size. PICTUREFRAMES.COM is a good resource. They often have discounts and sales, so watch and you can save even more. I have ordered a frame and as soon as it comes in I will post a tutorial on how to frame your paintings in a floater frame.