Sometimes I paint with my dog on my lap. Of course, I have to be careful not to get paint on him. Wolfie (short for Wolfgang) is a Maltese, so his white fur makes any paint quite noticeable. At one point, while I was painting the Crabapple Blossoms, he had a small streak of bright pink near his tail. (Whoops!)
But how can I resist? He comes over to my easel and makes a soft whuffing sound by my feet, a little snort to get my attention. If that fails, he will put his tiny paws up on my knees. That never fails. Even if it’s just for a short time, I’ll end up picking him up and painting over or around his little furry body. I wonder how many artists work with a pet on their lap. For my part, I wouldn’t have it any other way. My little companion gives me the courage to take greater risks in my work.