I can't think of a better way to spend a cold and snowy November day, then to be warm and cozy inside listening to Christmas music while painting another of 2017's Christmas portrait commissions. Nothing warms the heart more than getting into the spirit of Christmas while painting a lovely Golden Retriever. Admittedly, Christmas is my absolute favourite holiday and in my home the decorations and tree go up pretty early, much to the chagrin of my husband.
Sweet Maddie, with her kind eyes and abundance of golden locks was a joy to paint. One of a handful of Golden Retrievers I've had the pleasure of painting so far, I'm very pleased with how this portrait turned out.
Commissioned by Jill as a surprise Christmas gift, this portrait is all the more special to the family since Maddie unfortunately passed away last August. They will no doubt enjoy this tribute piece of their gorgeous girl for years to come.