Roxy Girl! She was a tough cookie, being almost all black. Fortunately, her mama Johanna sent me some good photos and a video that showed her personality.
Roxy is just relaxing with her favorite ball in the lawn. She will look great with her brother "Lucky Boy" (click here to see his portrait).
I really enjoy painting family pet portraits. Personally owning a cat and dog, I consider my pets my babies and I have the pictures to prove it! The process of creating someone else's pet child in paint is a little scary only because I really want to capture the pet's personality. When I paint a family pet portrait, I make sketches and get approval. Then I start painting and as I go, I report back to my client to make sure Roxy (or Olive or Teddy...) does in fact look like Roxy and not just a cute dog.
Olive, a black lab, was another all-black beauty and my initial painting of her looked great! Except for the minor detail that the black lab I painted didn't look like Olive. So I had to start from scratch and learn from my mistakes.
And so it goes! I love how Roxy Girl turned out, and I'm ready for more!
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.