I am currently working on a small painting, 12" x 10" of 'Gus', a lovely Border Collie that lives nearby. Fortunately Gus could come over for a photo shoot that gave me plenty of time to get acquainted with him which really helps me transfer his personality to the painting. Once his owners chose the pose they liked the best, I then emailed them the preliminary sketch. This is only a tonal sketch to show the composition and is in no way an accurate, finished drawing. They were happy with the sketch and so I will begin the underpainting.