The final painting. (Edit: No more fur for a while – this is just demoralizing)
After soliciting requests from James about subject matter he suggested dogs and rummaged around on the internet to find a photo.    I found this very difficult – fur is hard and dark fur is very hard.  On top of that there wasn’t much variation in the coat to suggest form or texture. But, a request is a request.

The preliminary sketch – looking promising.

The first attempt.  Oh dear – what happened?   

Take two.  Now this is a bit better.  Still not really happy though.  Add dogs to my list of nemeses (can you have more than one nemesis?)