Thursday, August 17, 2017

This One's For You, Peggy Jo

Back in April, when I debuted my series "Alley Cats & Junkyard Dogs" for my October show, dear reader Peggy Jo emailed to say she'd like to send me pictures of her beloved dog Tuff as painting inspiration. I, of course, said "Yes, please!" and soon, the sweetest photos of Peggy Jo & her companion popped into my inbox. I held on to those pictures and in recent weeks, finally got to use Tuff as my model for an 8x8-inch canvas. Now, bear in mind that Tuff is not bright orange; in real life he is all sorts of shades of lovely gray and he is also much more congenial-looking...not a snaggletooth or irritable glare in sight. However, Peggy's photos were an incredible reference for painting a truly hairy dog, something I had not attempted up to this point. And I will always carry with me the story behind this piece. Thank you Peggy for reaching out and sharing your devoted companion!

UPDATE: Apparently Tuff does have a snaggletooth! So funny that I couldn't see one in his photos but just assumed he needed one. It is also important to note that Tuff was paid in Greenies for his modeling gig. Fair pay for a fair day's work I always say!

(Note: In this photo, I was still working on detailing the hair so he's almost but quite complete here.)

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a great painting! I'm sure that Tuff appreciates his orange alter-ego

Peggy Jo Farr said...

Awesome! You really captured his snaggle tooth spirit! He does have a snaggle tooth and it is just so darned cute and I am sure he would like is burnt orange coloring if he could see colors! I told him, he was inspirational! He will want a treat for that! I'll have to give him a "Greenie!" You made my day and Tuff too! Peggy Jo and Tuff

Loulou in Texas said...

A great story and such an expressive painting of Tuff!

Leone said...

This is going to be a great show, I wish I could go to see it. Good Luck. I love Tuff and your elephant/bird paintings.

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