6 x 6" original oil
Chief was a good dog. He passed away last summer unexpectedly. One Sunday a couple of months ago I was walking home from church and got this idea: I should paint Chief for my friend who's birthday was coming up. I talked to the husband and he sent me a file of Chief pictures, I picked my favorite, made an adjustment or two, and spent an afternoon painting this little guy. I pictured my friend's face the whole time because I was so excited to give it to her and surprise her. I knew she would really treasure it and appreciate my time and gesture, and that's what makes it worth it for me. She loved this dog, like as much as I love my dog, and that's a whole lot. Well, I gave this painting to her yesterday and we both cried. Geez. Dog lovers. We're nuts.