Poppy the Rescue Black-Lab-Mix smiling happily on Sunday Morning, anticipating even before morning coffee, our walk to the Dog Park where she will be given treats between her rendezvous with her other four legged furry friends.
Poppy loved going to the Dog Park down by the radio station, in the neighborhood down by Tingley, where she would trot around and meet her other dog friends. She wasn't much of a tangler, but she could certainly hold her own if need be. She was more of an adventurer and a wanderer, sniffing around for all sorts of scents that hinted at new animals she might meet or chase.
This particular morning was one of the nicest walks we went on. We brought Django along, this lopey-eared black hound with not nearly as much grace and elegance as she. But Poppy loved that last walk we were on, noodling about the lawn and snorkeling up to complete strangers for more snacks, and occassionally hanging out with kids between water breaks and playing with her Dalmation friend, Chief. The best thing about those walks was her smile when she knew we were going, so happy to get out and see the world.
How I Made this Artwork
This painting was made by taking the quick snapshots of Poppy after she woke me up, with my iPhone 3GS. I was in better light at this time than I was in when I snapped the prelimary sketches for "Boo!! No Bacon! : Wacom Painting," so I started this painting with a lot more confidence.
This was one of my early digital experiements playing with layers of a photograph and using the pixels very much like paint, but with the luxury in the digital medium of never running out of pigment and being able to control the pixels in any way I want without having to buy or use extra brushes and especially without having to purchase any different paint mediums like extenders or gels or drying agents.
Once I started to understand how to create new brush patterns, I could experiment with dabbing her fur, and adding effects from the colors of her coat to the next top layer, and smearing and smudging them until I got them just right. I like pointalism effects in both black and white painting and drawing, so I went for that effect here. Dots of color overlayed over each other to give the impression of Poppy's beautiful Sunday Morning Smile.
Thinking about a Gift for Someone Special?
"Sunday Morning Walk and Treats" is all about loving dog walks, so the first friends of mine that come to mind to give this art to, are of course, my dog-lover friends.
I have dog-lover friends who bicycle with their dogs around town, friends who take their dogs to the coffee shop, friends who take their dogs on long roadtrips to wild canyons and let their dogs roam the mesas wild and free, and all these people shine in my heart while looking at Poppy's big Bacon-Eating grin here in this art.
I would encourage you if you're in the gift-giving mood, to think about all your friends who have dogs or love dogs or miss dogs, or even those friends who don't have dogs yet! And think of the one or few that stand out the most as really loving being on wild adventures with their furry little pals. Those friends would probably love Poppy's big radiant smile in the Sunday Morning light!
Art Materials and Supplies that Made this Art
The materials I used for this painting were my:
iPhone 3GS (to compose and snap all the shots that I hoped would make a decent printable picture), and my
Wacom Intuos Pro (for manipulating and painting with the photos as sketch foundations for the final artwork).