Here’s the very beginning of Lola, a beautiful pup. Sadly, this is a memorial painting, since her person lost her recently. It’s difficult for someone who has not had that special relationship with a dog to understand how much it hurts to lose your best friend. I just read an article about how the grief of losing a pet can be worse than losing a person, and partly because there is no ritual of grief around it like we have with people. Maybe in some way my portraits are part of a ritual of grief. I certainly hope they help in the grieving process. Have a good weekend.