“I’m suspicious of people who don’t like dogs, but I trust a dog when it doesn’t like a person.”
Thanks Bill Murray. Or Mark Twain. Or whoever said this originally. It doesn’t say much for my character.
Dogs have a funny reaction to me. Some absolutely love me, some whimper and cry as if I’m Darth Vader. I can’t figure this out. I’m really a very small, harmless looking woman.
I remember being terrified of dogs when I was a small child. I can’t figure that out either. I was never hurt by one, that I know of. I got along fine with my aunt’s German Shepherds, but other than that…illogical fear. Maybe I still give off a negative vibe in relation to dogs.
I start my venture into the world of dog drawing with a picture of a German Shepherd, the first dog breed I learned to trust.
I have a veterinarian hospital interested in my work, in a town that’s right over the state border. That’s Brewster, NY. If anyone of my readers is old enough to remember the TV show, “That Girl’, the Marlo Thomas character lived in Brewster before she moved to NYC. It’s a very pleasant little town.
Anyway, enough of old TV shows. The veterinarians are looking for artwork to decorate the waiting rooms…a cat room and a dog room. As you can tell….I’ve got the cat room covered. Dogs, not so much…haven’t drawn a lot of dogs. After all, I have an inner cat, not an inner dog.
The only dog drawings I can think of are these:
In memorial of a good friend’s pet who left to go over the Rainbow Bridge:
And one I did as a commission for a charity. Unfortunately, nowhere can I find my digital copy of it.
But, back to cats….there’s one I forgot about. It’s this one, called “Kitten”
Not one of my favorites, but here’s a closeup of the kitten:
So, expect me to be doing a lot of dog pictures soon. Also, remember the Bott Shoppe I showed in in Mamaroneck, NY? There’s going to be a Pet Art Show on April 11, at 172 East Boston Post Road. I will have a drawing of a cat in it. Sorry, dog lovers.
But it has to find you working”…Pablo Picasso.
Who am I to argue with Picasso? He had a prolific output, he knew what he was talking about.
However, I have to admit it now, I’m more stuck than I realized.
I have had a tumultuous year, I’ve been about as stable as a wind sock in a hurricane. I’ve slipped into doing drawings from my imagination, and cheating by filling in with decorative patterns. For me, that’s not good.
In giving myself some serious thought, I have to get back to drawing of real objects, either from life or photograph. As I did in the past, with some of my best work…such as this from longer ago than I want to admit.
Maybe I should take a sketch pad to a local park and do a REAL drawing of one of the beautiful, stark, winter landscapes around here.
Or maybe I should just draw this guy from last summer, who walked by my window, on a visit back to Queens.
My friend finally got her belated birthday gift. In case you didn’t see this in the comments, this is what she said about the portrait I did of her dog, Moonshadow.
I don’t know if my other post made it over here, so.
A man in a brown truck just left a large flat package outside of my back door. I am in tears right now. That is my “Baby Girl”, she crossed the Rainbow Bridge in June 2013. She was a natural Healer who was drawn to those who needed healing. She was my fur baby, a mutt dog.
I’ve been working on January 2, but progress is slow. I haven’t had much to show in the way of a wip. That’s because I’m doing the snow in the background. It consists of dots. Tiny dots. Lots and lots of tiny dots.
I can only do so much at a time, because it’s mind numbing, even while listening to music. I’m trying now to make it a meditation, focus on the act of putting down dots with full attention. I’m only partly successful. So, here’s January 2, the wip.
Also, in terms of healing, I’ve been forgetting that part of my background is energy work. I’m trying to make up for that neglect with yoga, meditation, and other exercises. I expect (though I can’t predict), that the results of concentrating on energy will eventually affect my artwork. Should be interesting.
Okay, almost February. Anyway, there’s snow on the ground….and it’s cold.
Some of you may remember, I did a picture called “January”. I got too carried away with design, and ended up with this monstrosity:
It’s always good to remember our failures……(or so I’m told).
However, the theme of a person walking a dog in the snow never escaped my imagination. So once again, here’s a sketch. Hopefully, it’s the beginning of a much more successful “January”.