I paint the occasional pet portrait. This gargantuan dog named Bear was a particular challenge. The owner wanted a large painting to go over the fireplace in the family room. Because the family was local I was able to take my own photos, and I really lucked out when the cat named Bart showed up in one of the shots looking through the window! That was the easy part. But a big, black dog with only the tiniest spot of white to offset the big blackness – that is a challenge to a painter. So I invented some red and blue and even a bit of green to enliven the picture. Happily the owner saw her gentle giant in the portrait and was pleased! Whew!