Commissioned to paint the most golden nuggets of Golden Retrievers, it was my absolute pleasure to paint beautiful Bear for Abbey. Intended as a surprise birthday gift for her father, Bear's portrait was sure to please. Who wouldn't love a larger-than-life portrait of their best friend's happy face, especially when they happen to be as gorgeous as Bear?
Not the only one celebrating a birthday, sweet Bear himself turned the ripe old age of one at the end of August. Very much still an oversized puppy, this beauty still has some growing to do.
One of the larger head shots I've been asked to paint, this portrait measured 20" x 24" – a great size to showcase this large breed dog. A shot of Bear in a classic Golden Retriever pose, complete with sparkling brown eyes and a "happy puppy" expression consisting of slightly raised ears and an open, smiling mouth was the perfect reference photo for this portrait.
All in all, this sweet boy was a joy to create. Cheers to happy birthdays – may both Bear and Abbey's father share many more!