Digital Art - Digital Art / Photography Based Digital Hand-painting
A tiny Maltese dog looks up at us with hope in his eyes. He's had a long day of play ... of chasing toys and butterflies, of sniffing blades of grass and fire hydrants, of attacking human ankles (they are the enemy, you know), and ... dear heaven ... enduring the dreaded bath. With a full tummy and the sun setting in the windows to the west, he knows it's time for his humans to settle into their favorite chairs and for him to take up his assigned and honored place on their laps.
It's a wonderful thing how each breed follows their internal guidelines. The Maltese for example, is an excellent watch dog. Not a guard dog (well, most aren't ... this one is an exception) ... but they are bred to let the household know when the delivery man comes by or when someone is out walking their own dog in the street. Or an overly large bird visits the wreath on the front door. But as a watch dog, they will not, usually, attack. There are exceptions to the rule. But the other prominent, more endearing quality of the Maltese is their undeniable lovableness. They crave our attention and approval and pets ... and our laps. Not recommended for families with children, but otherwise, they are nothing but joy and love. If it's a cuddle partner you're looking for, the Maltese is your doggie!
A note ... the Maltese does not have fur, his coat is hair. This makes him an excellent choice for most individuals with allergies. The hair does, however, grow ... and as such needs careful and consistent grooming, bathing ... and trips to a professional groomer. As we're in the midst of what I hope in later years will be a blip in history, The Covid Virus Mess, groomer visits can be few and far between ... hence the rather shaggy ... but I think adorable ... appearance of this little guy today, August 2020.
Image hand-painted, digitally, and very loosely inspired by one of my own photos. Painted in Corel Painter with a Wacom tablet, the art pen, and a variety of beautiful brushes.
Fine art purchases of this image will not include a watermark, and if I may make a recommendation ... this image will look its very best on the fine art paper choice of "picture rag."
August 7th, 2020
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