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.