I did have two other photos, but Chip's color was washed out by the camera flash. They seemed to indicate that there was a lot of tan in his coat, but I asked some questions to make sure that was the case.
The finished painting would be 6 x 6 inches. You can see that I first toned my canvas with orange and then did the drawing, putting in most of my values as I drew.
Then, I began to paint.....
At this point, I sent a photo to my client to check on his color. The photo was passed onto one of Chip's family members who observed that Chip was actually very grey. I just corrected the color I'd created so far to reflect his grey coat. After a check on his eye color, I completed the piece.
6x6 inch oil commission $85 unframed
Actually, I think I tweaked some edges and his ear shapes after this, and now I can see that I need to carve the sides of his face out a little (when the owner brings it in for varnishing, I'll have a chance to do that), but otherwise, you get the idea! I hope that you enjoyed this little demo!