Oil on canvas – 15,75 x 11,81 inch – Unique work

This is the coming together of an Australian Shepherd puppy and me!

The first time I saw him, it was in a picture thanks to his foster family on WhatsApp. A tiny ball of fur, behind the glass of a pet store, just waiting for one thing…. the loving, warming arms of fantastic humans. And that’s exactly what happened. A more than tremendous family welcomed him.

I met him physically a few days later at his place. And there … I experienced a tsunami of tenderness, love, complicity, and so much more !!! He was then around three months old and at that age, a puppy is literally so cute. I’m more of a cat granny, hosting a fourteen-year-old cat myself, but frankly, if I lived in a house with a garden, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second.

Roy made me want to paint again. With all these things happening, it’s not easy to keep being enthusiast, especially when you’re just starting out. The “what’s the point” tends to prevail. And then, I really wanted to capture on canvas the first months of this sweet person. Because yes, he’s a hell of a character. Lover of life and people, he indulges himself with pleasure. Everything is a pretext for hugs, games, treats, walks in the streets, parks, new friends. And so much more, I’m sure! When I have this huge opportunity of going along with his grandparents for a little walk in a park, then if paradise exists, it’s precisely right here, right now.

We pick up Roy at his home, and then the big joke can begin. There aren’t enough of us three adults to put his harness properly. Between giggles and vain authorities, long minutes pass before leaving his doorstep. And then it’s all about water skiing on concrete, the puppy’s crying when leaving his few seconds friends, the muddy paws on your pants, the droppings to collect with the plastic bag that doesn’t come off or comes completely because Roy is already riding elsewhere. To put it in a nutshell, what a stand up!

And then we’re back to his cozy house, a treat, a ball’s game and Roy collapses in the sun on one of his cushions for a well-deserved nap. I love you so much Roy!