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Woman's Best Friend ~ Seeking Inspiration

Hi guys,

I have a favor to ask, I hope it's not inappropriate, I'm a bit nervous to post it.

I'm planning on getting back to painting soon. I have had in the back of my mind for a long time the idea of doing a series of women and their dogs. Not necessarily havanese, just dogs in general. I don't know if any of you would be willing to share photographs that they wouldn't mind me using as inspiration and I can't promise I would keep everything the same or that the end product would look like you or your dog...I usually change things up and sometimes I paint pretty abstractly. I am just wanting to do a body of work with a theme so eventually I could show my work. It's a ways off, but one has to start somewhere, right?

Anyway, if anyone has a good photo of themselves with a dog and wouldn't mind it being used as reference for a painting, you can PM me or post it in this thread. I don't have lots of time to paint, but it helps if I have references waiting when I DO have the time!

To give you an idea of my work I'll put a couple here. One is posted in the thread in honor of our lost pets, but I'll post it here too. The first one is the most recent and more in line (I think) with the style I am thinking of. However one never knows...sometimes a painting dictates how it wants to end up!

Thanks in advance. You are an inspiring bunch of women (guys too, though I think we have you outnumbered!)


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I would be more than happy to participate in this project! Your paintings are awesome!

I'm very much an amateur when it comes to art...here's a Picassan painting of me and my standard poodle that I did in connection with an informal art class....I like yours better!
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You are both super cool! I think your work is fantastic....

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Oh KIM!!! I LOVE that one! You're a great artist! I wish we could sit down and paint together!

If you come across any photos you'd like to share, I'd be honored.

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Julie, thanks! Quincy or Vinnie with you would make great subject matter....hint hint

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I can see what I can find in my photos....does the actual picture need to be of good quality Shelly? I have a kinda closeup of Lacy giving Vinnie a hug,and one of Lacy with Quince.The quality is lacking in both...I'm not sure if it matters to you?

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Shelly, I love your work!!! I showed your angels to my DH who is also a painter. I am so so so so camera shy or I would offer my picture because I think it is great that you want to get back to painting-- you have a real talent!!! But feel free to take any pictures of my boys out of my gallery. If you use one just let me know. My DH is having his first show in 15 years on May9th (careers that pay a salary have a way of getting in the way) I see how getting back to what he loves has really boosted him. So I am so happy you are going to be painting again.

OK- Just because I am really into trying to get you to paint-- Here is the one picture I have of me and my dogs-- it is from the may photo challenge-- But if you use it-- you have to make me look thinner-- ha ha ha




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Julie,
The quality does not have to be great...I'm just looking for body positions different ideas for interactions between the women and the dogs etc. Lacy and the hug sounds perfect!

Missy, that is a beautiful photo, thank you! Congratulations to your hubby on his show! Yes, I think when people make time for their creative side, it really does get the juices going and make one feel alive! It's good for the soul and "fills the well"!

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What an amazing talent to have!

Let's just say I am still waiting for my artistic talent to turn up

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Well, there's actually only 1 picture I really like of myself...and it's one from last year's Carnaval....So I am actually dressed up .... not my usual do, but my favourite colour purple, glitter in my hair, some facepaint, flowers, feathers in my hair....



Here's a close up....


And here's on of when we visited Sierra when she was 6 weeks...

Suzanne and her Sparkling Sierra, godmother to Dinky (*) and Baileys!

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