Today’s project. This was a little bit of a demanding effort because the stars of the painting had to include the Kokopelli fireplace and the handmade, four-poster dog bed, both made by the client’s talented hubby. I gave quite a bit of thought to it before I started, marking the composition out in my head; how to incorporate the elements without detracting from the dogs, and making sure the little one’s legs were crossed as she requested, making the light and color plausible with brightness in the background, etc. Fortunately for me, my own chi’s spend quite a bit of time lying by the woodstove and it allowed me to really see how the light would play on their colors against a flame in the background. It was interesting. Since the owners live in New Mexico, I added some turquoises to complete the “southwest” aura of the painting.