German Shepherd surrounded by bluebirds and butterflies on a lavendar background. The dog in this painting was one of the images rejected by a client who had commissioned a painting of her German Shepherd, Rebel. In the earlier version of this painting Rebel had been by a swimming pool, but since the client didn't like this version and I did, I decided to keep the dog in the painting and change the environment, and create yet another new painting for the client. Since German Shepherds have a reputation for fierceness, I decided to make Disneyesque bluebirds and butterflies fluttering around him. Sheps can also be very sweet.