19×24 watercolor enhanced colored pencil on bristol paper. Original available.

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The Golden Retriever is a medium-sized breed of dog. They were historically developed as gundogs to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties. As such, they were bred to have a soft mouth to retrieve game undamaged and have an instinctive love of water. The golden retriever has a dense inner coat that provides it with adequate warmth. The outer coat is sleek and water repellent, and lies flat against the body. The official colour of the breed is the varying shades of gold that are most often seen.

The breed’s intelligence and versatility suit the dogs well for a variety of roles including guide dog for the blind, hearing dog for deaf people, hunting dog, illegal drug detector, and search and rescue participant. Because of their loyal and gentle temperament, golden retrievers are also popular family pets.

Golden Retrievers possess a friendly, eager-to-please demeanour, and are the fourth most popular family dog breeds (by registration) in the United States, the fifth most popular in Australia, and the eighth most popular in the United Kingdom (info from Wikipedia)

  • Complete 11-23-2008 in 33.16 hours spread over 20 days


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  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 5 years ago

    Wonderful work Barbara. I really like the ghost effect, it bring the foreground image out even more. Excellent presentation.

  • Maureen Bloesch
    Maureen Bloeschover 5 years ago

    saw this one in your Rb….lovely:>))

  • Maureen Bloesch
    Maureen Bloeschover 5 years ago

    you do awesome work!

  • shallay
    shallayover 5 years ago

    Luminous result, Barbara! Adore the subtlety of the ‘ghost’. His subdued colour works well against the brightness of the others – as does the expression balance out the ‘smily’ dogs.
    Adorable work, as always.

  • Christi Werner
    Christi Wernerover 5 years ago

    Beautifully designed!, so well done! !

  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegatealmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations you are eligible to compete in the September Invitational Best of The Best Challenge in Painted Dogs.
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  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartalmost 5 years ago
    Wonderful artistic concept, beautifully rendered…!!…Gotta be a fave.
  • worldtripper
    worldtripperover 4 years ago

    You work is just so incredible, Barb! I heard you’re not well and just wanted to stop and wish you speedy recovery. God Bless! Marita

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtover 4 years ago

    Stunning Barb!
    I hope you feel better very soon, my prayers are with you!!

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoalmost 4 years ago

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