"Waiting Patiently was inspired by Max, my friend Kate’s border terrier.
Max is like a baby to Kate and they have been on lots of adventures together but Max is no longer a baby; he is a bit of an old man who sometimes needs to travel in a back pack when they are out and about as he can’t keep up as well as he used too.
The painting is based on a photo of Max in his younger days, sitting waiting patiently to go to the beach or a long walk through the fields and woods. Max has a companion called Friar, a big German shepherd who is also very gorgeous; together they have won lots of awards at dog shows and local fairs, don’t be surprised if sometime soon he too features in one of my paintings.
For the background of the painting I have gone for the retro wallpaper look. These take a while to paint and require a lot of patience, but are very satisfying to do.
When I start a new dog painting I draw the subject onto the canvas with pencil. I then apply the first layer of paint, roughly adding some detail. After this I paint the background colour and leave it to dry.
I use acrylic paints as these dry very quickly, so it is not long before I can add another layer. I keep layering the paint onto the background until I am happy with the colour, then I add a pattern. It may be big or small spots, flowers, stripes, retro or something a customer has asked me to do. I have painted a dog called Poppy who had poppy wallpaper and a Labrador who loved eating digestive biscuits so had them painted in the background.
I then start adding detail to the dog, usually beginning with the eyes as this brings the painting to life. As I add more detail the brushes I use become smaller until I use my smallest pointiest brush for the fur.
When I think the painting is finished I will pop it on the wall in my studio where I can keep having a quick look to check I am happy with it and usually get Crispin, my husband, to take a look too ... as well as anyone else who happens to call by!"