Over the last few months, I’ve been so lucky to paint Kiira’s clan of pups, Monkey (above) and Petey, plus their super handsome foster, Rerun (bonus: he’s a Jack look-a-like!). My most recent portrait, however, was Monkey, and I must admit, he was quite the personal challenge – just check out his beautiful and unique brindle facial pattern! A stud, don’t you think? I asked Kiira to share some fun facts on Monkey, and here’s what she had to say about her not-so-little man:
‘Monkey’ is a misnomer. We got it wrong with his name, but by the time we found out, he was already Monkey to us. Monkey is elegant–regal, really–and as serious and attentive as they come. He is athletic and agile, and the most inherently graceful dog I know. He leaps into trees, springboards off their trunks, and twists and turns in the air, all for a closer look at that squirrel.
He lived as a stray before animal control caught up with him, and I am convinced that if he didn’t like people so much, he would be thriving out there in the wild, king of a self-sufficient pack of strays. But we got lucky, and he turned himself in, and we get to witness the sweetest little Monkey licks and the most out-of-character wiggle butt ever. The rabbits and squirrels of the neighborhood hate him, and I have disproportionate muscle tone in my leash arm, but if it means that Monkey can make the city his home, so be it.
Each portrait was painted on a clean white background, but just for fun, we added a colorful edge! After she spied our two-toned end table, Kiira and I discussed a few options to give her paintings a unique element, and here they are in sunny yellow (Monkey), soft blue (Rerun) and gold (Petey):
I’m officially a fan, and now Scott and I are wondering if the same should be done to our trio of portraits – Jack, Maddie and Libby. What do you think?
Thank you, Kiira, for sharing your stunning crew with us!
Monkey and Petey were painted on a 6×6 wood panel, and Rerun is on the pint-sized 4×4. For more information on custom work of your own, check us out at The Pet Shop, a tiny division of this Yellow Brick Home.