Acrylic and coloured pencil on grey Canson Mi-Teintes paper
Private collection

A couple took a break at a Spanish rest stop on their way back home to Germany. They saw an emaciated dog tied to the motorway crash barrier seemingly abandoned by its owner. After extensive inquires it became clear that the dog had no home so they brought him back to Germany where they took care of him. He was painfully weak and greatly stressed. Curiously he made no sounds and never barked but had a propensity to drool to such an extent that he had to wear a bib for most of the time. They loved him enormously and still do so when they asked me to do a portrait of him I felt really honoured. I drew one single drop below his chin as a symbol of his unfortunate affliction. I have to say I have never come across a dog that looks as sad and depressed as this one and his large floppy ears emphasized his melancholic demeanor.