Furry Face Franklin

I had a total blast painting this spunky little fella.  Ever since I was a child I wanted a schnauzer and I would call him Snitzle - I do not know why. Just sounded like a fun thing to do.

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I have been painting dogs lately for the pure joy of painting.  Dogs have been among my favourite people forever. I love their expressions and how they have their own individual personalities.  And of course, the furrier the better.  

The series I am working are are 10"x8", painted on Gessobord and framed in white floating frames.    To see them in a group together is quite fun.  Some of the series will be off to their forever homes soon!

Did You Say Walk? Hmmm?

My fur grand-doggy never fails to amuse me.  Oliver is with-a-doubt-about-it one of the most expressive doggies I have ever met! He is handsome.  Silly.  Sometimes annoying and always entertaining. Did I mention expressive?

When he is trying to make a point he will simply, and intently stare at you.  Each stare has a specific meaning.  And if you dare venture to say anything close to what he is hoping for - he tilts his head and stares into your eyes.  So words like walk, beach, supper, breakfast, food, car, or outside have real meaning to Oliver. 

The degree of head tilt absolutely matched the message he is trying to convey.

Did You Say Walk?

The image has a bit of contrast distortion - unsure why - the painting is smoother.  

Another Oliver quirk - he loves muffins! See, a doggie after my own heart!