Was Larry the Best Dog Ever?

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While he was with us, we had no doubt that Larry was the best dog ever. Time (and several newer dogs) have tempered that sentiment somewhat. It’s not that Larry has gone down in status, he’s simply got more competition. Larry was our first dog. We were married in the fall of 1992. In the spring of 1993 The Missus …


Brooks and Roscoe

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A Christmas commission. Using separate photos as reference images can sometimes be a challenge.


Warning: Bonehead Move in Progress

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After 35+ years in the industry, you’d think I’d be smart enough to avoid doing something this stupid. You’d be wrong.


Cole, a Curly Pet Portrait

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This is Cole, a particularly curly – and happy – fellow. This regular commission came to me in late October, just before the Christmas rush, so I’m including it in my Christmas commissions list anyway because once I finished it, the orders came pouring in. The client only supplied one photo, not normally a good thing. But in this case …

Pet Portrait of Bella, a Yellow Lab


Rejected by Shutterstock

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Tonight I had a batch of cool photos rejected by Shutterstock, and I’m a little pissed off, to say the least. It’s certainly Shutterstock’s right to reject photos. As a new contributor, I’ve had a few photos rejected and it’s part of the learning process to find out what Shutterstock wants. In each case, I understood the reasons given for …

Pet Portrait Commission: Sydney

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For this pet portrait commission of Sydney, a charming Black Lab, I used two photos as reference. In one he was dressed for St. Patrick’s day, looking into the camera wearing a green feathery luau thingy around his neck and a goofy headdress with two green Irish top-hats on springs (I’m not judging, we’ve all been there). As charming as …


Smilin’ Beorn the Bernese Mountain Dog

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Beorn is our Bernese Mountain Dog and he’s a sweet guy. He loves The Missus, so for our Anniversary, I painted a big portrait of the big guy. At 36″ square, this portrait demands attention, but in a friendly, “Come Let Me Lick You” way. I love the orange-red background that reflects Beorn’s coloring and creates a warm and friendly …

Cat Portrait: Blue Cotton

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Most of my portrait work consists of dog portraits, but I’ve done a few cat portraits as well. A couple weeks ago I was feeling the need to work on a cat portrait as a nice change of pace. At that same time, a friend posted a photo of her cat on Facebook. I liked the photo and knew it …