"Newman" is for Jennifer, who commissioned the painting for her husband. Newman is a 14-month-old fun dog of an unknown breed. Jennifer and her husband were told that he was a border collie/lab mix, but in order to get to the bottom of things, they got a DNA test done. As it turns out, Newman is a true mutt mix--collie, American Staffordshire terrier, German spitz, Portuguese water dog, and a few other things!
The young couple adopted Newman one year ago from an animal shelter in the tiny town of Newman, CA. He and his 9 siblings were abandoned on the side of the road. He was filthy and smelly, but the cutest filthy smelly puppy ever! Jennifer knew he was her dog the moment she saw him.
Newman is super smart, which, I am sure, you can tell from his portrait. He has never met another dog/cat/person he doesn't like. He is the biggest lovebug and is quite possibly the most snuggly dog on the planet. Jennifer and Newman go running almost everyday. They also hike in a state park by their house, where he gets to run around the forest and in the creeks. Newman is basically the happiest dog ever.
I must say something about how the painting was born. There was a good head/shoulder shot I was going to use for the commission. Then I learned about his "Michael Jackson paw". Only one of his pictures (puppy picture at that) showed his one white paw. I also found out that he loves the beach. So I pasted his handsome face on the puppy body and put him on a beach. I also invented the outdoorsy shadows. I sincerely hope I pulled it off. What do you say?