I used to paint my dog Vader all the time, he was my constant painting companion. If we were outside, he would assume a protective position; if we were inside, he would go to sleep right behind me. I think dogs are great people.
When I saw this picture of my friend Ellen's dog, Benny, I just had to paint it. There's something about the sweetness and innocence of his gaze that inspired me.
About the craft, painting animals is not easy. Their markings, colors and features, just like a persons, are different in every individual. I tried to capture Benny's gesture, it might not exactly look like him. Sorry Benny, I tried.