Just started this painting. I debated whether to use the Venetian Red gesso as I did for my last pieces. Since I wanted an older look, I thought the red gesso would be a good fit.
When I am asked to do a dog commission, I like to meet the dog. Watching him move and interact gives me a sense of his personality. I am not painting any dog or breed, but a particular individual.
In this case, I drove 5 1/2 hours to spend an afternoon with him.