I just finished this painting of “D.o.g.”, our next door neighbor’s beautiful Border Collie.
D.o.g. is typical of her breed – very smart and very active.
My reference photo was taken by her owner and, of course, I had the real dog to observe any time I wanted! She is holding in her mouth a toy we gave her.
I wanted to capture the inherent intelligence of this dog and also her expression when she wants to play just one more round of “try and get this toy away from me”.