Sometimes new ideas spring from nowhere - Welcome to my 'Dog Ditties' (2/3 min read)

Sometimes new ideas’ for my drawings just happen - spring up out of nowhere.  

Last week I took my dog for a walk which culminated in George (another beautiful Cocker Spaniel) taking a bath in the muddiest puddle possible before having a good old shake in my car, all over clean 12 shirts waiting to be ironed.  My bad completely for leaving them in the car, but his good for giving me a idea.

When working on a dog portrait, I need to leave them for a little while for the paint to dry, rest them up on my studio wall to make sure I’m happy with the bit I just did.

In these times, I often turn to my sketchbook to draw out little ditties, work on something entirely different. Doing this allows my work to remain fresh and alive, these short breaks are stimulating for both me and the painting I’m working on.

George came into my mind during one of these breaks as you can see below.

Muddy Puddle Heaven, Dog Cartoon by

More idea’s then followed, what are some of the other things that we dog lovers know only too well, the domination of the sofa during telly time, pleading eyes when food is around, the idea’s flowed.

So far I have a collection of about 10 drawings - or ditties as I like to call them.  More idea’s are coming all the time.

So I find myself at the beginning of a collection, possibly.

I’m not sure where or how these are going to work - greeting cards maybe, art prints are possible but for now I’m enjoying making them, the rest will follow.

I found myself struggling about using type or my own writing for the captions.  So much so I put out a call for thoughts on my ipaintdogs facebook page, over 50 comments were left, 95% of them saying my own writing, how lovely is that?  Asking for feedback is wonderful and my lovely clients and mates help so much.

I’ll let you know when I’m nearing completion on them, if you would like to be the first to know, simply pop in your details below for first dibs.

Best wishes, Samantha

Dog Ditties, Cartoons by

About Samantha

Samantha Barnes is

Sam is a practicing artist of 25yrs with a deep love of dogs.  Her drawings, paintings and prints are exhibited in galleries throughout the country.  In 2017 she painted her dog Barney and clients began to ask for bespoke portraits of their own best friends.  Since then, Sam has successfully painted over 60 personalised commissions and sends her dog paintings all over the world.  

She has a stand-alone testimonial page on Trustpilot and is proud to support canine charities too.

To talk about having your own dog painted or to give as a gift, email Sam on today.

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