This commission was so enjoyable. I met Ollie, who is such a character, with his fly-away fringe and wide grin, at the beginning of this year. Springer Spaniels tend to have beautiful colouring, so they are a joy to illustrate in pastels.
I used a mixture of Derwent and Pitt Pastel Pencils to achieve a high level of detail and finish. I used canson pastel paper, which is unusual for me as I usually go for an Ingres tint. I tend to leave the edges of my paintings slightly unfinished, and this is becoming a trademark with most of my pieces.