My next challenge was presented by Sugar, a very bouncy and curly-haired white poodle. Her owner had presented a couple of photos, but I decided to ask for a chance to shoot some of my own. I'm glad I did, because I have a fast camera
which shoots fast frames,
catching an active dog in stop action. This was so helpful in capturing Sugar's enthusiasm. I'm crazy about her fluffy tail and happy face. This photo was shot in a grassy spot in front of 1st Street, downtown Langley, near Studio 106, where all these paintings have been done.
After painting Whidbey Animal Star candidates, I decided to treat myself to a painting for my own home. This is Manhattan, a cow who's photo I took last year. I've painted her before, and delight in her image. This time, I painted her 16" x 20" on canvas stretched on heavy-duty stretchers. I usually paint on boards. so having the softer surface with the tooth of canvas was a nice change. This is the biggest animal painting I've done to date, and it leads me to want to go even larger!