One of the few tribute portraits of any kind I’ve done. I hesitate doing them, because I feel a lot of pressure doing them. So many beloved memories to live up to. Not to mention, I’d never painted a dog before. But I just tried to focus on things not painting stuff and not drawing too tightly, following Charles Webster Hawthorne’s stellar advice (the perfect spot of color, in the perfect size in the perfect place). In the end, the client was thrilled with this commemoration of her beloved dachsund. This painting was awarded second place by master artist Kathleen Conover in our monthly Palette and Brush Club jury. “Bitsy Wants Out,” 12×12, oil on linen. Arf.