Oil on hardboard, of our Italian Greyhound named Bridget.
Alternate title - "The Power of Beef Jerky"
resides in my study, and after I recognized it offered some picture
opportunities, I kept a camera handy. One day, as I ate some
beef jerky, sure enough, the stage was set. I got this
picture, except the front pillow was flipped over (the plain
side). So I Photo-shopped the pillow into the picture, after
taking a picture of just the pillow but right-side up, and I had a
finished composition that I only had to crop (an important and
sometimes difficult part of composition) to complete. Oh, I
moved the pillow fringe on the corner in after cropping. The result
just begged to be painted - it already had the feel of an oil
painting in the old master tradition.
I got a whole
series of outstanding photos that day and subsequent days (even
without jerky). I have a couple more paintings at least out of
this, and already the house is decorated with about 4 different
photos of her on the couch.