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  • Writer's pictureKevin Roeckl

Remmy portrait in progress 17

All 6 Remmys - including his reflection - are in. Next I start on the river surface.

After seeing the recent "in progress" pictures, Frann wrote the following:

I know I’ve told you this before but every time I look at an updated version of him I get a bit weepy thinking of him and remembering how much I miss him. I sometimes think about what made him so special and I think it was a combination of things. He was the smartest dog I’ve ever had, he made you work for everything he gave you, his total dedication/loyalty to looking after his family and lastly that he overcame so much of his past but he could never totally let go of the harshness he endured for so many years. He was Walter’s dog but whenever there was a thunderstorm in the middle of the night he would come to me. I don’t know why he chose me when he was the most frightened but I was honoured he did. It used to make me cry when he’d shake uncontrollably throughout a storm because I imagined what he must have gone through living outside in South Carolina to have made such a strong guy so afraid. So there I’d sit, usually in the middle of the night, with my arms around him, hugging him as tightly as possible trying to make him stop shaking and feel safe. It was the only time he let me hug him so that was always a bonus. I know you understand he was special to us and how much we miss him ❤️.

Colored pencil portrait of Doberman, in progress

All that’s left to do now is the river itself. That is the Credit River, within walking distance of Walt and Frann’s home. It was Remmy’s “happy place”. Many, many fond memories, winter, spring, summer, and fall.

I’m creating the river scene out of a composite of some of Walt’s many pictures of the river. With a little artistic license thrown in to make it as beautiful as it can be, on a beautiful summer day.

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