Monday, August 23, 2010

This dog

. . .is the best dog. Laid back, only barks when necessary, like when someone comes to the door. He's always ready for a lap to lay his head in or a good game with his favorite toy, if you are willing. He can sit and stay on command and can even dive to retrieve a frisbee from under the surf. He really, really wants to be good and feels oh so terribly sorry when he isn't. Which doesn't happen very often anymore.
This one is "The Princess". What she lacks in size, she makes up for with attitude. Spunky and talkative, she will argue with the crows in the trees or anyone one else who dares to confront her. She doesn't do commands and almost always gets her way. And she always has the last word. Just like some people we know. But we love her anyway.

These are both watercolor sketches in my handmade sketchbook.

24 comments:

Tahirih said...

I love these guys! They're so sweet, and your handling of watercolor is great. I'm still trying to get the hang of it...too much of a control freak i guess:)

Art is for the Making said...

You can tell you love these dogs from your paintings.:) I'm charmed by them.

Jennifer Rose said...

very nice sketches and great write ups about them :)

Shirley said...

Wonderful paintings Ann - pets in action are really hard to capture.

Barbara Weeks said...

Great sketches!

Susan Walker Art said...

These are wonderful.she is such a cutie.your way with watercolor is fabulous.

nanke's stuff said...

What wonderful portraits of your beautiful furbabies! The Princess looks like she's part Corgi - it's a great pose! The Best Dog looks very much like our Abby (a springer spaniel). Ya just gotta love them to pieces! nancy

drawn2life said...

Wow, Ann, these are amazing watercolors of your dogs...so expressive!

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Sketched with a Fur Mom's love :) These are wonderful!!

PAMO said...

Sammie and Princess are wonderful! My heart fills with joy.

Nancy Goldman said...

I love your watercolor sketches of your babies and the stories that go along with them. I'm sorry though, my dog is the best dog! : )
Isn't it nice that so many of us have a "best dog"? We are so lucky to have dogs in our lives. They really are better beings than most humans.

Alex said...

They are so pretty! The drawings and the dogs themselves. You've captured them so well, and I think the media is perfect for such a drawing style =)

Cathy Holtom said...

The descriptions go so well with the beautiful sketches, full of love.

Paloma Chaffinch said...

I love your paintings and your descriptions are wonderful! Animals are real characters aren't they? I keep trying to sketch my Irish Wolfhound but I can't get her right and wouldn't dare post anything that makes her look any less than the aristocrat she is!!

padmaja said...

Lovely write up along with an equally lovely water color, I specially loved the angles you chose are unique, a sort of abstract handling there!

AutumnLeaves said...

Your words about your Springer are so true to the breed and you've captured him beautifully. The other dog? Her pose is so indicative of a happy dog, one who lives life to its fullest. I have dogs with similar personalities to your two Ann. Thanks so much for sharing your babies; they are beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Love your painting of the dogs and the colorful descriptions. Aren't our four legged friends a wonderful addition to our families?

Monique

Jesse/Joan said...

I loved these paintings of your sweet dogs, your description of your Princess could have been written about my female rescued Golden Retriever, Emmi. Such a character and brings so much joy to our lives.

More animal paintings would be more than welcome.

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

How wonderful that you have both personalities - the better to appreciate each one!

debra morris said...

Great work Ann, they look such lovely dogs.

raena said...

You have captured so much personality in these paintings! The descriptions that you have given of them match so perfectly with their poses! These are beautiful!

Peachtreeart said...

I've fallen in love with your dog!

Ann said...

Thanks everyone! We all do think a lot of our pets, and how wonderful for us that we do! Besides, they are fun to sketch.

Krista Meister said...

ADORABLE sketches! You did a fine job balancing the darks without them becoming a big gloppy mess (I speak from experience, LOL). I love Princess' pose!

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