Bella and Maggie, a Christmas Commission

Another pet portrait Christmas commission, this time of a lovely pair of Labradors named Bella and Maggie.

This commission was based on one photo only. Yikes! I don't like it when I get just one photo from which to work. Normally I ask for a few more to help me see details that one photo may miss.

However, this photo reference, while a bit low resolution, was clear enough to reveal the important details I needed. I was able to make educated guesses on the remaining mysteries.

I remain grateful to John at WilderWealthyWise blog for pointing this customer, and several others, my way during my best-ever Christmas season. Thanks, Buddy!

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Bella and Maggie, 18x24 (digital painting)

About the Author


Topdog is the online persona of Steve Merryman, a retired graphic designer, illustrator, and winner of over ninety regional and national awards. Living in the woods just west of Idaho (USA), Steve can often be found working on pet portrait commissions. His spare time is spent painting; writing; cuttin' trees an' shootin' guns; hiking with his dogs; savoring the occasional beer; searching for the perfect cheeseburger; and wondering where he left his pants.

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