This commission is a birthday surprise. BO has passed on to doggie heaven, and was much loved by his owner. I never got to meet BO, but somehow in the process of carefully painting him, I always feel a connection.
"BO", 14x18", pastel, ©Kim Werfel 2012
The owner's thoughtful wife never knew BO either, but knew her husband loved him so. There are only two photos of him, so I chose the one with him looking at the camera....seemingly happy to me.
This work is painted on Wallis paper that I undercoated with a burnt orange pastel and wet into the paper for a warm ground to liven up all the blue-greens.
Birthday is in August, so I must let him go so he can be properly framed for the birthday surprise.
Now instead of a small snapshot, he'll be honored with his own portrait, a loving reminder of a faithful companion.
Love being able to do this for people. It's the best.