A Valentine's Day Gift

A painting of dogs Hannah and Nikko

Hannah and Nikko. 24x30, oil on linen. 2008/9


These are our (now deceased) dogs Hannah and Nikko. I painted this as a Valentine's Day gift for my wife in either 2008 or 2009.

It was done in a rush, going from start to finish in just two days, whereas I would typically work on something like this for a couple of weeks. As a result, the brushwork is loose, the paint is applied freely, and the color mixtures were made up on the fly.

It's rare for me to work like that on a large canvas because the quality of the outcome is left completely to chance. In this case I got lucky, everything worked out, and it's been on our family room wall for the last seven or eight years.

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