A few weeks ago, a dear friend I’ve known since high school asked me to paint a picture of her dog, Keira. I agreed, but since I’m not a “portrait painter” and I know how important pets are, I told her the job would be experimental. I did have a good photo, and I really like her little Sheltie, so I gave it a shot. I was surprised by how the final work turned out. Here is the series of images I sent to Laurel to show her my progress…and the final painting. When I took it to Laurel’s place, Keira sat on my lap for a photo.