Dogs in black

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A couple of portraits of friends’ dogs. Ba’cho the shepherd mix is a shelter dog and one of the handsomest dogs I know. Percy (affectionately nicknamed Tiny Grandpa) the chihuahua is a foster failure and a little spitfire in a bitty¬†package. Colored pencil on black paper.

Exploring new canvases


For some reason I started sketching on the back of a cardboard flat that had held canned cat food, and a couple hours of oddly therapeutic inking later I had this.

Sweet Georgia Brown


Georgia Brown is a sweet ol’ hound dog who’s been with Rocket Dog Rescue for many years now. Given her age and health concerns, she isn’t likely to be adopted, so the Rocket Dog Urban Sanctuary in Oakland, CA has become her forever home. She totters around the kitchen there, hanging out with the other senior dogs and being doted on by the Sanctuary staff.

RDR’s founder asked me to paint Georgia’s portrait to hang in the Sanctuary. This is a not-very-good photo of the finished piece in its frame — it’s too big for the scanner.



Commission for a birthday gift! This adorable pitbull is Sniper, and he has the cutest, biggest grin. Watercolor, gouache and pen on paper.



Speck is a little dog with a lot of emotions. This is a surprise/birthday gift for my coworker, whose deep love of scruffy little dogs with problems is manifested in this tiny magnificent creature. I worked from reference photos secretly snapped by Speck’s dogwalker.

Lightnin’ Hopkins


A portrait of the late, great Lightnin’ Hopkins, beloved bloodhound of Rocket Dog Rescue’s founder, Pali Boucher. Pen and watercolor on paper. It was too big for my scanner so I took a not-very-good photo with my phone.