This painting of Buddy the dog is actually a paint-by-numbers kit ordered from www.easy123art.com. The site creates custom kits from your favorite digital photos.
Now stand up and back away from the computer monitor. That's the best way to really see it. It's kind of impressionistic, if you know what I mean. I love the way the way the vertical folds of his neck chub emerge as you walk away.
I'm happy with it, but honestly, it was much harder to paint than I ever imagined it would be. I feel silly even writing that but it's absolutely true. The computer program can pick up very subtle variations from the original photo, making some of the numbers and spaces on the canvas pretty darn tiny. I found that toward the end, I could only work on it in very short spurts.
Part of me wishes I had bumped up the contrast or made my original photo black and white (by cranking up the "contrast" or dialing down the "saturation" using a photo editing software program.) It would have made this photo so Gerhard Richter-y.