Brutus ~~ Painting a Dog a Day by Kimberly Kelly Santini

"Brutus," 8" square, commissioned Boxer portrait, done in Golden Open Acrylics on a canvas panel. If you recognize this guy, please keep quiet - Brutus's portrait will be a Christmas gift from his family. We don't want to ruin the surprise!

While I painted Brutus, I had an extra kitten appendage. I kid you not.

Mona's gotten rather spoiled, and thinks it is her right to be cradeled in a warm lap or perched on shoulders at her every waking moment.

I'm not complaining - I'm all for a demanding muse that will keep me on my toes. And love that she's a lap magnet when I'm on my butt.

But I'm so not a fan of the literal clawing up my legs if I don't pick her up immediately.

And the batting from said shoulder perch at the paintbrush in my hand - not such a great thing either.

Nor the freefall from said shoulder to taboret, resulting in spillage and a flurry of brushes and palette knives.

Finnigan just lies under the easel and ignores her. I'm guessing he thinks if he stops looking at her, she'll disappear. I'm afraid if I stop looking at her, she'll find a new mess to get herself tangled in.

So meanwhile, I painted with her cradled in the crook of my left arm, keeping paws away from the brush and my body between her and the taboret.

I wonder what Brutus would do with a kitten on his shoulder? Maybe that's why he looks grumpy - he's got a kitten appendage too.

Thanks for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -

PSST - I'm still accepting holiday commissions. Email me to get on my calendar!

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