As a fine art student , I always loved the impressionists. They were not always acurate in drawing, but their colors were most always beautiful.
So when I paint, I try to make my paintings with a combination of realism and impressionism.
In the background of this painting I tried to capture a bit the feeling of Van Gogh's great painting of sunflowers. I also tried to paint the Airedale a little less realistic, but with more impressionic color ( yet with enought realism , that no one would mistake it for some other type of dog).
To me Sunflowers are so cheerful, delightful and fun. These are some ot the same qualities Airedales have, so to my mind they go together perfectly. Both are a joy and filled with the zest to reach as high a point in adventure as they can go.
Of course, I have to use other peoples Airedale photos now, so I do try to capture each airedales personality and markings. So if you ever wonder, why did she put a black hair there????? Its usually because that is where it is on the dog who was the model. :-)