This acrylic portrait painting is of a beloved grandfather, Brad Forsyth, with Darla, a much loved family dog. The portrait was for a grandchild of Mr. Forsyth, and it was an honour to suggest memories by painting his smile and Darla's demeanour.
Painting a portrait with a person and a dog presented an interesting opportunity to experiment with the subjects eye direction. While people typically pose for a portrait looking at the viewer animals rarely do, and so these subjects have different eye directions.
Painting a pet portrait is much like painting a human portrait, as animals have their own unique features that help each of them be recognized.
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