This week I’ve finished ‘Lost Dog’ by Kate Spicer, am emotionally rung out but my faith in humanity is richer for reading it. Best of all, I learned about… animal communication, physic communication that is…
This week I completed what’s called a ‘soft launch’ that is I began my dog-sitting service in my studio, The Dog Garden. I borrowed two dogs along with Barney my own, and herewith the key things I learned along the way.
Yesterday, utter stupidity dictated that I pour £30 of petrol into my diesel engined car. Not very bright, but crap happens. What came out of it though, was an interesting social experiment and a good lesson in customer service.
If I were a dog, I’d want to lie, sniff, possibly dig, jump, rest and play on the ground in the sunshine and likely in the rain too. My four paws wouldn’t want too much in the way of small gravel and I’d need some purchase from the ground I play on!
I begin to paint. In my last post, we talked about the tools and techniques I employ to get the drawing of your dog onto my painting surface. (you can find it here). In this second post, I’ll be writing about the actual painting of the canvas.
How Do You Actually Make Your Dog Paintings? is a question I’m asked from time to time. I’m always happy to chat through my portrait process, but here’s a post that goes a little bit deeper into the techniques I employ.
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It’s fair to say that my world is definitely a dog-centred one. I paint them daily, learn about them for fun, fall to my knees to greet them in the park (this actually happens) and adore my own, Barney as much as I do my children.
I think it’s pretty safe to say that I am dog nuts - an UBER dog lover, known to fall to my knees in a wet puddle to say hello to any passing dog (yes, this actually happens). ipaintdogs is going brilliantly, so…. what if I took one step further…
Do you suffer from Shiny-Thing Syndrome? It’s interesting that I said suffer, because actually sniffing out all things new, having gazillions of new ideas is all part of the creative process, the hard bit is actively deciding which of these to pursue. Read this…
Be truthful - is your dog bored? Powerful question I know, one that packs a punch - but apart from your daily walk and his/her daily feed(s) how is your dog in between? Sleepy, dozy and happy….or in truth, sleeping out of boredom?
Last week I planted, actually planted a Magnolia Solangeana Tree (absolutely all by myself - apart from a little lifting help from my neighbours). I am chuffed to nuts with it and my heart swelleth with pride each time I see it through the window.
About 18 months ago, we moved into our long-term home. The carpets have gone, the walls free of paper, artex is still there and we are still using our inherited (rather knackered) cooker, but it’s time now, to look at our garden - face on!
Just before Christmas, I ran a joint competition with a fabulous pet company. Our winner was selected and her commission is now completed. Here is the story of our painting, Lloyd The Whippet - our Winner.
Inspiration can strike from the most unexpected of places. Here is somewhere I find sparkle dust.
About 5 years ago I came across these two wonderful women, I’ve never met them in person but I’ve followed them by dipping into their website, reading blog posts and eagerly googling them sporadically to see what they have been up to.
For about 5/6 months now, I’ve been considering a change to my prices and loathing even the thought of doings so. I am so comfortable with them, they have a great uptake and happily seem to be in the sweet-spot of acceptance for those wishing to have their dogs inmortalised in paint forever.
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.