The first of three Miniature Schnauzer studies, this is one at the puppy stage, whose namesake is called Pearl. She was the cutest puppy you have ever seen. As she grew up, she got scruffier and scruffier so now her second name is Just William: she leaves the car for her walk looking pristine and within moments is dirty, bedraggled and tangled up with leaves and bracken. She can't seem to help herself.
I painted each of the schnauzer studies over two days rather than attempting to complete each one in a single day, so I could work with a dry under-painting. It seemed the easiest way to manage the delicacy of puppy fur.