Two pups? Awesome. Two faces? Hmm... There's a reason that's the last section of piece I finish, literally circling in from the border. Mess that part up and that's it; even pets carry their personality in their eyes. I've never had the pleasure of meeting these two little boys, but they've got enough personality to go around.
I really enjoy being part of the gifting process, so when I finished Moose, I wrapped him up and proudly delivered him for gifting at Christmas. Turns out, the fella he was ordered for was overseas for the holiday. His fiancé has planned to show him the portrait via Skype. When it was time for the big reveal, the recipient was not alone at the other end of the video chat.
Five years after my first commissioned pet portrait, I was asked to begin a second -- Moose. He's a lovable lab with a big personality. The portrait is mixed medium, equal parts acrylic paint and collage.
Since I kicked off the Pet Project, I've created one each quarter. Each time, the process and my preferences evolve. This portrait of Frank was the first time I used metallic acrylic in the background. It gives the work so much depth and personality; it's become standard.