Happy Chinese New Year! Today we transition from the Rooster, to the Year of the Dog. According to the Chinese zodiac, the Dog has a strong inner life, and a relatively restrained outer lifestyle. More apt to live a serious and careful existence, a Dog is someone who will get the job done but rarely go beyond the scope of what is asked of them. This is because to them, there are more important things to do than spending their time trying to impress others, and they would rather enjoy what they choose to do than sacrifice their freedom for a little monetary gain. Amazingly, the current President of the United States, was born under the Sign of the Dog in 1946. The above description doesn't seem to fit his personality profile at all, but in light of ongoing revelations of promiscuous behavior, one thinks that he definitely could be characterized as a 'dog'. Anyway I got in the wayback machine for the art here today. At the time I was doing people portraits and I swore I would never do animal portraits! Wrong dog breath! As a trade for some energy work, I did a small 8x10 oil sketch of my practitioner's pups: Scotch & Cinder. Note the burnt Sienna tones go well with this year's dog's element (earth). Also at bottom, I did another more fun portrait of her other pet, Wadsworth the goat. An 18 x 24 oil.
Scotch & Cinder 8x10 Oil sketch on canvas board
Wadsworth the Goat 18x24 Oil on canvas