This painting is 9 x 12 on 140 lb Arches coldpress watercolor paper. A couple of years ago we visited Catalina Island and we were waiting in a parking lot for a bus tour to pick us up. Across the lot was a ticket booth for Miniature Golf. An old golden retriever was sleeping on the ledge of the ticket booth window. It was so unusual that I took pictures. I've been wanting to paint this for a long time - it looked like it would be fun.
It turned out to be hard! I'm very happy I finally finished this painting. I had to work out some problems and make some changes along the way. I decided to make the dog darker and backlit. So I got to try my hand at wetting and scrubbing with a watercolor scrubber to lift out the tree and background that is through another window on the other side of the ticket booth.
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