I recently had the pleasure of painting the most gorgeous black Labrador Retriever – a true breed supermodel. Commissioned by Andrew to paint Hunter, the family dog, as a gift for her mom on Mother's Day, I was happy to paint this handsome face.
Supplied with ideal reference photos of their sweet boy made capturing his essence all the more exciting. From the softest of floppy ears to the warmest of brown eyes one could get lost in, each of Hunter's features was a joy to recreate. His challenging jet black coat was highlighted by the sun reflecting onto his layers of hair while mimicking both a softness and sheen. How could anyone not want to reach out and pet the top of his smooth head or give his soft ears and muzzle a rub? His liquid brown eyes look up in anticipation, no doubt always up for some love, playtime outside or a treat.
Thrilled with this painting, the end result of this piece is it's own reward.
One of a few black Labrador Retrievers I've had the pleasure of painting this year, I look forward to more coming across my desk.