This portrait was a surprise anniversary gift from one of Penny's owners to the other. I spent an hour with Penny taking over 100 photos of her, mostly to get to know her. Between the photo session and talking with Penny's owner, I found a direction for the portrait. We decided the painting should be loose and colorful, focusing more on the intuitive side of Penny's personality than a photo recreation. The recipient loves the color red, so I made sure to incorporate it into the painting right away. I also used blue and yellow, colors that are symbolic for intelligence and patience. Those were two qualities I noticed about Penny right away.