One of my sisters was generous enough to give me some new watercolors for my birthday and then promptly demanded a picture using said watercolors. Since she gave me such nice paints, I agreed. My sister has been fortunate to have three great dogs in her past, but unfortunate to have them pass away, one very recently. So she wanted a recreation of my previous rainbow bridge (here) but with her three dogs together. Since this was for my sister, I started with a pencil sketch and then went over it in pen and erased the pencil marks. Here's the cleaned up ink sketch.
I did some of the painting below, but need to touch up a few spots still. The pug's lack of a shadow is bugging me the most. But I got waylaid by weekend plans and a bad head cold. I loved using watercolors again, but I missed the gouache a bit when trying to color in the trees. Oh, and good watercolor paper makes ALL the difference.