Monday

Good Dog!

Joey, oil on canvas 16" x 20", 2010
This was a stealth portrait commissioned as a surprise birthday present. The secret remained so until the big unveiling (best birthday gift ever, so I'm told and was thrilled to hear), and now I'm free to post the painting without giving anything away.

Joey, detail

Joey is a handsome dog and I really enjoyed catching his characteristic pose--big grin, bright eyes, ears cocked, ready to play--in this traditional portrait.  I believe that animals have personalities as distinct as people's and can make great portrait subjects.

8 comments:

Real Life In A Minute said...

Such a wonderful painting. I'm sure his owners are extremely pleased.

Evelina said...

amazing!

Trashmaster46 said...

The title and the painting made me think of "Good Dog Carl", the children's book :)

Shannon Reynolds said...

Thanks, all!
I don't think I've hear of that children's book. I'll keep an eye out for it.

KatyTold said...

Well this is a beautiful blog and may i bow in your general direction and say, you are a Real Artist. thank you. my blog is mary's Be a GoodDog blog...
BTW i have several copies of good dog carl for gifts for kids. my neices and nephews like ti when we read it to see the adults laughing like crazy...

Courtney said...

WOW! This painting really captures the happiness you see in dogs. Such an amazing job!

Shannon Reynolds said...

Thank you, Courtney. I love a happy dog.

Shannon Reynolds said...

Thank you, Katy. I keep meaning to track down that book.