Here is the question posed to me:
The dog, I am concerned that maybe there isn't enough contrast or change of values to make it a good painting? Yet it's the narrow range of hues and the softness and subtlety that attracts me to it. I've already done the outline and it's ready to paint, so if this is the case, if you think it won't work as is, perhaps I could change some aspects of it from the ref pic? (eg, get a pic of a darker dog and use that as ref) I have cropped a bit off the left side to focus a bit more on the dog.
And here is the photo. I am not a painter of animals by any means, but it illustrates some of the problems of working from photos, so I am using it here as a good example.