I was recently commissioned to paint three children’s illustrations in watercolor for a nursery. The main character was the owner’s big black Newfoundland dog along with a little boy and girl. I was unfamiliar with newfoundlands but discovered that these huge, hairy beasts are terrific pets to have around children. I got the biggest kick out of a video I watched where a toddler just laid on the back of the dozing dog while hugging him and singing to himself. Dog + kids = a very sweet project.