For my boyfriend's birthday present I did a painting of his dog Templeton. While I have done dog and other animals in paintings before, I'd never done one of just a dog as a portrait. It turned out to be a lot of fun, while also being a challenge.
He loved it (tears even).
I know many of you have dogs (a.k.a. fur kids) and since I had fun painting Templeton, I'm thinking I'd like put this offer out there for anyone who's interested.
Now, I know some of you might be concerned that I've given up painting male nudes and gay themes. Not to worry. I know many artists that also do still lifes or landscapes in addition to their male figures. Having another outlet helps keep things fresh and avoid burn out. For me, dogs are the other subject matter I have a passion for.