Several years ago I had the pleasure of painting a portrait of two beautiful rescued Borzois.
Their favorite room was a spacious sunroom addition at the west end of the home which their person told me had been ambitiously begun by the home’s former owners, and I was the two big dogs racing gracefully among the plants and wicker furniture and collectibles without touching a thing.
I kept remembering their play in that sunny room and from one of the photos I’d taken as well as the portrait of just their two faces which we had discussed. I proposed both ideas to her and later showed her both portraits, she would choose one and I would get to keep the other. In the end she chose the more realistic one of just the two faces because she wanted to remember the details of their expressions she’d loved so much, though I could tell the choice was difficult knowing how she loved an impressionistic style of painting.
I would have been happy with either one, but in the years since, whenever I’ve shown this painting in exhibits or at my tent in a festival it has always attracted people to come and study it, not just dog lovers or animal lovers, but the colors and composition are eye-catching to most people.
Now that I have a good digital file of this painting I would love to know the original was in someone's home.
“Borzois” is also available as a full-size giclee print, and this year I will be publishing a set of canine art cards including this portrait.
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