The qualities of dogs are frequently desired and envied by humans. Artists and sculptors frequently try and bring out these aspects of their subjects by strategically placing dogs at the feet of the people they are trying to depict.
If it’s a woman who has a dog at her feet, the qualities of the woman are shown to be affection and fidelity. The artist indirectly tries to associate these qualities with women by instigating the feeling in the viewer by depicting the dog.
Men like priests (or the pope) or religious warriors used to have dogs placed at their feet in depictions to symbolize the faithfulness with which they server their master (God).
So we see from this that dogs have always struck a deep note with mankind. Artists, who are among the most sensitive of men have liberally used dogs to more poignantly bring out the characteristics of their subjects.
This journey of mine began when I started restoring photos about 5 years ago. I found joy in repairing memories that appeared beyond hope at first glance. I eventually expanded my restoration business to offer photography services as well, quickly learning that dog photography is my ultimate passion.
My heart is especially happy when I am documenting our furry friends and their innocent spirit, unconditional love and unique personalities. I have been an animal lover my entire life, growing up with Lhasa Apso’s throughout my childhood. I now have a Miniature Schnauzer, Remington, who is my furry best friend and daily inspiration. I am also an avid supporter of animal rescue organizations and no-kill shelters and will offer my photography services complimentary to any local organization who needs assistance photographing their animals up for adoption.
My hope is that I can portray each dogs true soul for the world to see. Even if my photos just speak to one person and leads them to adopt, it is worth every ounce of my time. I am a firm believer that every moment in life should be captured and preserved regardless of how insignificant it may seem, because someday these irreplaceable memories will be deeply treasured.
So who did the Wicked Witch of the West have to comfort her in her evil? Some say it must have been a cat, but why not a dog? A dog is much more interesting, and comes in many more shapes and sizes.
Here is what the witch must have looked like, with her dogs…
The drawing is one of Ink on Paper, which nicely brings out the black and white element in the drawing. The image of the witch is nicely done right down to her stockings, and the terriers are well represented too.
For those readers who liked Dussia, here she is again. This time in colored paper and colored pencils.
Elena claims she smiles sometimes! Try and see whether you feel the same way by looking at the photograph.
The major point when using colored paper in your artwork is to remember that the color of the paper sets the mood for the entire drawing. It’s almost as if the essence of your painting or drawing is set even before you lay pencil to paper.
In the picture above, Elena has neatly harmonized the color of the paper with that of the drawing itself, thereby giving a nice easy impression.
This Scottish Terrier from Northeastern Europe has quite a reputation. Armed with several prizes and honorary titles, he could be said to be one of the foremost dogs in the republic!
By now you are familiar with the art work of Elena Adams whom we have featured for well over a month now. The owner of Britas – Joana had this box made through Elena who used a variety of techniques to complete it.
The details is marvelous and very realistic. A work of art that is a fitting tribute to Britas the Scottish Terrier from Lithuania.
This sketch is done with a pencil. It occurs to me, that scottish terriers lend themselves very well to pencil sketches. Notice how the lines mesh with each other to create the picture with minimal shading.
Patrick himself must have taken quite a while longer to draw, with his black hair requiring much more time and effort than Dussia’s. So for beginners – If you want to draw a dog, start with a white one!
This week Elenor has chosen to show us the painting of her 12.5 year old Scottish Terrier. This painting was done 7 years ago, and that means that Patrick (That’s his name) must have been around 5 at the time.
This is a gouache painting which means that it has been painted by applying opaque watercolor to paper. The effect is that the painting reflects light instead of being semi-translucent the way normal watercolors are.
This week, we’re showcasing another dog box. This one is bigger than the Dog box we showed last week.
Elena has certainly done a great job of painting these boxes, and giving us these pictures. The fact that springs out most from her painting is her love of dogs, and her ability to paint them in settings that have a distinctly human touch. Like the mustaches.
Elena has two Scottish Terriers of her own. As a reflection of her nationality (Born in Russia and living in the US), one of her dogs – Patrick is Russian, and the other (Dussia) is American.
Here is one of her paintings which she made in 2002. Three Scottish Terriers, with a passion for shoes! The painting is Ink on paper and colored pencil.
We love her work. Please visit Elena Adam’s website: THE Scottie Art!