When I got the request to paint a Standard Poodle I went, “COOL!” because I am nuts about the breed. They can be really active, so I envisioned doing a portrait of one leaping with a big laughing face and long ears flying; lots of loose hair in the sun. Well, when I got the pics of Ursula, I was like, “Oh.” There wasn’t a single pic of her leaping in the air. But there were STACKS of pics of her. Posing with the owner. Dressed like the owner. Dressed in costumes. Wearing hats. Obviously, Ursula is a diva. So, I painted her wearing her bling.
Ursula is a great model, but the painting is really about textures. In this case her fur becomes a sort of landscape, and the blue background is brushed on to repeat the energy.