Max Series

Max Series

Max is a loving dog whose devoted adoptive pet-parents have nursed through serious health issues. The paintings were commissioned to honor that special bond between him and his caretakers Gemma and Phil Dees.

Though the paintings belong to the Deeses some of the sketches are available.

Painting Max was initially a challenge because his long fur is not what I was used to. (Ironically, Max is a Chinese Crested and has a hairless body.) The earlier “Dog Studies” were composed around the sleek outlines of short haired dogs. What finally drew me in were the spots on Max’s chest, and the wisps and curls at his head and feet.

Max Series
Max n Cookie, 2015, Dog Studies, Max Series, acrylic on canvas, 8” x 14”, (collection of Gemma and Phil Dees)
Max n Cookie, 2015,  Dog Studies, Max Series, acrylic on canvas, 8” x 14”, (collection of Gemma and Phil Dees)
Max, wearing a protective t-shirt, glances away from his house mate, the turtle named Cookie who appears out of the haze. I included the turtle as a surprise and a counterbalance, but then de-emphasized him to keep the focus on Max.
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