After my little warm up with the small oils, I started working on this portrait. I had multiple photos to work from: the subject, a fine Rottweiler, his owner (he's pretty cool, too) and the Alaskan mountains and tundra. Starting with the background, I then worked forward, roughing in the colorful foliage.
Next came Smitty, painting in the basic form and coloration.
And so the process continues of tweaking the details and finally arriving at the conclusion.