Got Biscuit?

Got Biscuit by Karen LaFontaine for AJ October 2020
Photograph of my Snoopy for Got Biscuit oil painting by Karen LaFontaine

A New Painting Of My Snoopy

As my little dog sleeps at my feet, I have to laugh. He looks so peaceful napping in real time. My husband says, he appears equally peaceful in his new oil painting portrait entitled, Sweet Dreams, which, by the way, really does look like him. But, truly, I chuckle, because my beagle boy is a pistol when he is awake!

He is my little furry shadow and constant companion around my home. I have learned to watch where I walk to avoid tripping over him. Coming down from a ladder while painting a wall, I take special care to avoid stepping on my dog strategically keeping an eye out for me near the bottom rung. At dinnertime, he is under the dining room table, keeping my toes warm on cool autumn evenings. During the height of balmy summer nights, he gleefully supervises the grilling of dinner taking place on the back porch deck, ensuring he is first in line when it is time to eat!

His unfailing dedication to being around at meal time, often singing for his supper at the top of his lungs, and then mugging it up for bits of my dinner too, serve as the inspiration for my newest painting, entitled, Got Biscuit?

This new painting features my sweet little dog, hamming it up one summer night, giving me the look that has earned him treats and love, more treats and more love in abundance over many years. I have never been able to resist his beautiful brown eyes and the manner in which they sparkle while he is happily awaiting a treat. His eyes sparkle saying hello to me at the door, even if I am arriving home late. His eyes sparkle at the sight of his leash and harness as we gear up together for a walk through our neighborhood or an outing to one of our favorite parks.

I never get tired of seeing him. As I set out my painter’s palette for one more beagle portrait, I happily hum along with the rhythm of our days and years spent keeping each other in good company.

This new painting is 9” x 12” and will feature many of the palette choices I made in Sweet Dreams. If you would like to paint a sweet, yummy dog portrait, reach for Cadmium Orange, Cobalt Blue, Yellow Ochre Pale, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Light, Alizarin Crimson Permanent and Titanium White, and you will be on the path to something wonderful too.

Thank you for visiting with me in my artist’s journal. I love sharing the start of my newest painting, currently On The Easel with you! (Article image, drawing on linen panel, prep for Got Biscuit? 9” x 12” oil on linen panel.)

Be well, Karen LaFontaine

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