I have made a few copies of this magnificent rock star Oso.. most of the pictures I come across in my never ending sorting of photos strike me with a memory and I want to show the dog again. My new work takes time to settle in with the feelings the dog brings. Often looking over work that has been gone for sometime I become rather nostalgic so showing them helps me to relive the making of them. Always a special moment when they are done, and I can play with them in pictures. Here I posed my favorite fashion doll with him. She lives in a NY apartment on a high floor looking down on Central Park. Play and dream.. one of my fantasies the high rise apartment in NY City!.. Here she looks out and dreams and imagines with her handsome Newfoundland Oso by her side. Both seeming to have their own dream as they look out and imagine! Love is always the theme there is no other way for me to create a dog... its all dog love!
Saturday, July 20, 2013
I titled this as I did because it always seems to me the facial expression on the dog when you walk away is "You must of forgotten me because certainly I would be going!" a mere oversight to have closed the gate on the best friend... can you tell I hate leaving them behind even though we all know there are just times and certain personalities that do best at home rather than at the event ... won't mention names. Everything in life is more enjoyable when the dog is along. Really! Why walk without a dog or go in the boat? I can put that (Why) in front of almost everything. Below is my Wolfhound, he has been around and has had his picture shown.. went to shows been in magazines and finally sold in London... below he is in the old oak woods I live in being photographed with the expression I love,sort of sad sort of curious sort of anticipating. Wolfhounds! My first experience was a little shocking. The breed is majestic beyond description with a sweet soulful expression competing with the ever so tiny breeds on our laps. Just felt like a Wolfhound day..
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
So happy to say Bonzer has arrived in his Alaskan home and is greeted by the Real Bonzer.. he has met all expectations I am very happy to say. He was a great challenge for me with all his shadings and intricate markings. I don't use anything but fiber to create the shadings so it can be time consuming but with a happy customer it is all well worth it.. I was so thrilled to get this photo of them together.. What a dog! Both of them...
Sunday, July 7, 2013
When first receiving the request for Bonzer a Irish Wolfhound mix to be created in large scale I was a bit taken aback. Very distinct markings with wonderful expressive eyes with even a exact white mark on his eyeball. Studying his photos ( of which there were many ) I had a strong feeling of his essence that reminded me somehow of my Old Ted. Off to a good start with that on my side. I knew it would be many months before I could work on Bonzer, it has to be first come first serve and he was far down in line.. however I just had to do his body NOW.. why? to prove I even could, or to have that behind me. I am not sure but I did make him and his skeleton sat for months reminding me somehow making each new project seem less daunting.. The time is here it is Bonzer's turn. He seemed to be going smoothly face first and good but when it came to fur! Maybe you can imagine how hard it can be to pick the right fiber to match the dog.. trial and error is not a good option in this case.. go to far can't turn back so after my choice was painstakingly made I began the body... his beautiful large body LOL. With guidance from his owner I think I pulled him out.
I have since watched a number of videos of Bonzer and I do feel I have captured him and his essence that I saw from the beginning.. he lives such a glorious life in Alaska. I can't even tell you how he seems to just fit that perfect breathtakingly beautiful place and the rugged life there.. bear, moose and a few small rodents to chase under the wood pile.. When I get pictures of the real Bonzer checking out my work on his mini I will post again..my dog Onyx did look him over as usual. Just like with making his body I was just so anxious to show him off. A labor of love as always!