It takes maintenance to stay a white, fluffy powderpuff! Soleil, the Bichon Frise that I painted this week, goes to her hairdresser twice a month to keep her quaff beautiful. Unfortunately, when you a re white, fluffy powderpuff, it is also very easy to get dirty!
Soleil’s mom, Bev says that Soleil is known around the neighborhood as the cutest, most cheerful, affectionate, and sweetest dog. She is excited to see everyone from neighbors to the yard maintenance crew to delivery people. And, Soleil’s friends aren’t just limited to people, she has many doggy friends. Most recently she has become good friends with a cat named Scout. Soleil loves giving kisses and she is good at it: in April she won third place “best kisser” in the Ahwatukee Dog Show out of about 150 dogs there that day. Bev reports that Soleil is kind of the “goodwill ambassador” of their Tempe neighborhood.
Soleil loves going on daily walks with her Grandma Jill (Bev’s sister). These walks give her a chance to see all her friends. One of her favorite games to play is catch where she throws the ball back to Bev (I would love to see that) and she also likes a good game of up and down the stairs with the ball.
Soleil has her “Baby”, a stuffed dog toy that she has had since she was little. She loves Baby and carries her around before bedtime. Bev warns, “Don’t ever try to take her Baby away or she’ll never forget!”. This is true; one time when Soleil’s Uncle Joe was doggy sitting he, he decided to play a trick on her and hide Baby. Well, Soleil has neither forgotten or forgiven this incident and whenever Joe comes over, Soleil runs to get Baby not trusting that Joe won’t play his trick again.
When painting Soleil, I wanted to capture her powderpuff essence. The challenge here was painting the edges of her silhouette, where Soleil meets the background of the portrait. I am really happy with the result. I love the way the portrait turned out; I think her powderpuffiness was definitely captured, and I am especially loving how her eyes turned out! Bev sent me several really great photos to work from, and the photos even had some pretty flowers in the background and everything! However, I decided to “zoom in” with the portrait and have Soleil’s face take up almost the whole frame as opposed to having lots of background in there too.
Another cute photo of Soleil: