We are well past the holidays now so I can post paintings that were commissioned as holiday gifts. This is Lucy, beloved ranch dog and family member. Lucy lives on an olive ranch in California and was a gift from the kids to the parents, who own and operate the ranch- with Lucy's help. Lucy's main squeeze is in the background working on the tractor. One of Lucy's jobs is to make sure he takes breaks- to throw the ball of course.
When working on a painting, I often try various color combinations before deciding upon one particular composition.Angus had many variations, almost entirely in the background, except for some changes in his expression. His person preferred the serious Angus, but as always, my preoccupation was with composition and color.