I used a photo of my dog as reference. In actuality, he's white with brown spots but it's a little fun to try different things. Experiment, if you will.. I'm steering to a newer and perhaps better style in my traditional art and I'm feeling quite good about it :) I had the intention of portraying this dog relaxing under the clouds :) He really must be enjoying himself, with the sky so blue. You dont really see that anymore... blue skies. What I'd give to see that again.