I’ve nicknamed this work “Maximum Puggage”.

My mother requested this piece as a Christmas present, but I got barely any time to work on it over the holidays, so it’s been relegated to her next birthday. As it is a gift, it is not available for sale, but it does give me the opportunity to point out (maybe a bit late, but there’s always next Christmas) that I will do commissioned “pet portraits”. So, contact me if you’re interested in one.

The painting is in memory of the two pugs in it that are no longer with us, Nikita and Sasha, Nikita in front, and Sasha in the back to the left. Nikita was old and we were expecting her passing, but little Sasha died during a routine procedure at the vet when she stopped breathing under anaesthesia.

Jan 14, 2016

Finally got a little work done on Mom’s painting. A second layer on the background wall, and the dog bed are as far as I got, but I don’t have time for more now, as the sink in my cottage kitchen backed up and is leaking all over the floor. Good thing I only had a couple of brushes to wash today.

Maximum Puggage (41x30.5cm, 16x12in) Oil on Canvas
Maximum Puggage (41×30.5cm, 16x12in) Oil on Canvas

 

Jan 15, 2016

Some more work done. At this rate it should be finished soon, assuming interruptions remain a minimum. What people don’t realize is that a single interruption can knock me out of “the zone” and it takes me up to half an hour to get back in. Painting in the cottage has helped, not to mention that it’s a lot cooler, but then the weather has been cooler since the hail storm anyway.

 

Maximum Puggage (41x30.5cm, 16x12in) Oil on Canvas
Maximum Puggage (41×30.5cm, 16x12in) Oil on Canvas

 

 

Jan 20, 2016

Here’s mom’s pug painting pretty much finished. I’ll put it somewhere out of sight for a while and then come back to it, standard artist trick for noticing flaws, but other than that, and its signature, it’s done.

Maximum Puggage (41x30.5cm, 16x12in) Oil on Canvas
Maximum Puggage (41×30.5cm, 16x12in) Oil on Canvas

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