"Deacon and Fern" is for Jennifer, who commissioned the portrait of the two dogs to lift the spirits of her parents-in-law. They lost both dogs this year, with the boxer having died of cancer just this month. I hope my painting gives them some comfort.
Deacon, the German Shepherd, was a big dog who was very protective of and sweet to his family. He would never have hurt anyone, but he sure looked scary! He was just a big teddy bear at heart.
Fern, the boxer, was another sweet dog. She was friendly with all visitors. She was always the first to greet anyone at the door and jump up at you for attention. Her little tail wiggled around like crazy!
Deacon and Fern were great friends and loved lying on the couch in the sunroom. The first picture Jennifer sent me showed exactly such a scene, except that they were facing the opposite direction, looking all pooped out. The second picture, which I used for the painting, was taken outside on a sunny day.
I really like the composition. Each dog occupies its own space and their portraits capture different angles (Deacon's is a profile portrait and Fern's, a three-quarter one). Neither is anybody's sidekick, yet they belong together. Noble, strong, and handsome. They will live forever in my portrait and in their family's heart.