Bassett Hound in a red environment by a window with bamboo growing outside. The client brought Norman to me and we went to the park near my house. I snapped some photos and did some sketches as Norman sniffed around. He doesn't move very fast, so I got some good sketches. It took several attempts in the studio for me to capture Norman on canvas, and finally I got him when I just kind of gave up. It often happens that way- that the answer comes when you quit trying so hard. Red is a difficult color for me, but Norman's image really called for a bright red environment. The client said "that is Norman in a reflective mood." But Norman pretty much always looked like he was in a reflective mood.