painting: ridgeback dogs

These are someone’s special friends I was commissioned to paint.  I wasn’t so happy with how the third painting turned out, so I tried again with the same dog sleeping.

staciesfriendfinished

 

staceyc

I think he has an odd expression, below. Dog’s have the same micro facial muscles as do humans, and emphasizing one of these tiny lines sometimes results in TOO much expression. In this case, he looks a tiny bit too dour to me. This would be perfect for a cat portrait, but not a dog.

stacie

I tell you, painting is a lifelong learning endeavor.