What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?
"I generally avoid portraiture. But I am willing to paint dogs and cats, as they don't make a fuss if I give them a human's teeth, or human ears. I did a painting a few years ago of a collector's two dogs which I thought was pretty trick. She agreed, but would only accept it under one condition: the dogs had to approve!
So I brought the painting in. What would they do?
"Put it down here," she said. I did. She called the dogs into the room. They were well trained dogs, and came to heel.
"Take a look at this painting, boys," she said. "What do you think?" She pointed at the painting.
The dogs went over to the painting, circled it solemnly, came back to her, and wagged their tails.
"OK," she said, "Great! No need for changes! The boys like it!"
Well. I was happy they approved it. I didn't want to ask her where she was going to hang it. I got ready to leave. One of the dogs came over, and sniffed my hand. I patted his head, and his tail began to wag, again.
"And he likes you, too!" My client said."