I saw a friend's picture of her french bulldog in a monkey sweater while I was creating holiday card designs. The original photo was full of shadow, emotive. I originally was just sketching, playing with ideas, and when the personality emerged so fully, I decided to paint with autumnal colors.
This painting is the only one I did this year in yellows and oranges.
My lovely dog got a new red sweater, so any red sweater I'd paint would have to have my dog as a model!