The beagle posed for me this morning and I painted my first study for his portrait. At least I think he posed, he may have been sleeping.
I like to paint several small studies for a portrait before I begin on a larger canvas. The small paintings help me figure out what colors of paint to mix, the composition and the drawing. Once I have those things figured out I paint with more confidence on the final portrait.
When I showed the beagle my first rough study his response was non-commital. However, the mini Aussi saw it and was impressed and decided he would like his portrait painted next.