Friday, March 18, 2011

My "Mug Shots" entry for Canine Art Guild

The theme was "Mug Shots", it seems simple enough, but it left me stumped. What makes you remember a dogs face? I was considering drawing my own dogs, they certainly are my muses. Especially since they're always around when I'm working. If I'm having a hard time drawing a particular feature on a dog, they also work well as live models. However, I know I need to branch out and draw more breeds. So, I started thinking of breeds that lasting memories when I see them in public.

I started thinking about the two Pekingese dogs that must live somewhere near my house. I usually see them when I'm driving in my car and I must look silly when I slow down to pass them. They're little feet are barely visible under all the fur, they almost look like they're defying gravity as they move over the sidewalk. You can barely see their faces as well, the only thing really visible feature from my car is their little pink tongues hanging in the air. Simply put, seeing them always makes me smile and makes me happy to see my dogs when I come home.

So here is my entry, "This Is My Happy Face". I just loved this little guys expression. 11"x14" Pastel on Ampersand Pastelbord


Miss Kodee said...

This is beautiful! As always I am swimming in the eyes here.

Beth Lowell said...

What a beautiful work! I'm a fellow pastelist and canine art guild member. Looking forward to more of your work!

Beth Lowell

Kathy said...

Hi. I just found your blog (and website too) and want to say you do some really beautiful work. Your dog portraits are so lifelike. I admire that kind of talent.

I noticed you said you were looking to expand your breed variety of dogs. How about an Irish setter. My breed of choice. :) You can see some of his photos here:

I look forward to seeing more of your work.