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Buddy's Reference Photo was typical of most snapshots. Buddy doesn't sit still for long but this was a super pose that was selected from a group of photos. The rug actually influenced the painting quite a bit and was reflected in the background colors which really gave the piece a playful spirit to match Buddy's personality.
The UK is far away from my studio, but I ship art overseas frequently. I generally prefer to roll and tube the canvas and make arrangements with someone local to stretch and frame the painting for the client. This keeps risk to the art at a minimum and saves substantially on shipping.