I had the pleasure of painting Duke, a handsome Basset Hound, this past December.
Originally bred to hunt hare, these hounds possess a strong sense of smell, second to only the Bloodhound. Friendly and playful, yet gentile and docile, these sweet dogs also make wonderful pets.
Intended as a surprise Christmas gift, this scent hound was a joy to paint. From his pendulous ears and characteristic nose, to his "sad" eyes and tricolour coat, this boy was a lot of fun to re-create. HIs bashful expression makes this painting all the more endearing.
A meaningful gift the recipient will no doubt treasure for many years to come.