Handsome Zeus

Portrait of the beautiful chocolate labrador retriever, Zeus

Portrait of the beautiful chocolate labrador retriever, Zeus

So I’m sitting outside the local Basque Boulangerie bakery in Sonoma with some friends and there’s a guy who owns a chocolate Labrador Retriever. I’m a pushover for animals of all kinds and this one was a particularly sweet dog! “You should have Pat paint your dog,” one of my friends told him. Before I knew it, I had been commissioned to paint Zeus, a handsome dog with the most soulful eyes.

I really enjoyed studying Zeus.  Zeus’ coat was glossy and while it was truly chocolate colored, the gloss picked up blue and rose highlights that I captured in the painting. The whorl pattern on his chest went this way and that. And his eyes…oh I loved painting his eyes.

Zeus’ owner, Rick, is quite the traveler and when he was back in town a month or two later, I invited him and Zeus to come to the studio to pick up the portrait. I think they both liked it. It is going to hang in Rick and his wife’s new home in Hawaii.

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