c. 2012 Claudia Ballard
12 x 16 acrylic on masonite panel
Well, this is not really him, but sure does resemble him. I will do another painting one day of the real thing. He was an awkward and lanky golden retriever pup that arrived at our neighbors´ home and quickly tried to climb their picnic table, but his wobbly legs would not cooperate with the rest of his fast-growing body. He discovered we were home a lot more than his owners and spent the day camped out on our porch or following us around the yard. Sam was quickly adopted as our “granddog”. He grew up to be a strapping 96-pound lapdog! He was exceptionally smart and talented (as any grandmother would tell you) and was always into something that made us laugh.
Watch for more stories about Sam and the other dogs we have known coming soon.
As you will see, I am retooling my blog to reflect my new focus on animal art…specifically pet portraits. Please see my pet portrait page here, if you would like more information on a custom portrait as a gift for a loved one or yourself.