For quite some time, I’ve wanted to engage in a disciplined, daily art practice. Many professional artists whom I admire have told me that no matter what is going on in their lives, they draw/paint/etc. every day. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but it is definitely rewarding (from what I’ve heard). I want to find out for myself.
I’m creating a project for myself that I’m calling “30 Dogs in 30 Days/Weeks.” I know, it's not an original idea, considering all of the "Painting a Day" projects out there, but it's original for ME. I want to draw a dog a day. Just draw—pencil on paper—that’s it, every day for a month. The month of September, to be exact. I’ll end up with 30 dog drawings at the end of the month. After the month is over, I will switch gears to painting. I will spend the next 30 weeks doing a painting each week. I’ll choose one of the dogs I drew, and complete a painting of the dog within a week. I use the term “paint” loosely, as it might not involve actual paint at all. As part of this project, I want to experiment with media other than my typical oil or watercolor/colored pencil. Maybe I’ll use acrylic, or pastel, or charcoal, or do a mosaic (a huge passion of mine). Maybe I’ll do it digitally—who knows? Ironically, the 30 weeks concludes on the week of my birthday, the last week of April.
To do this, I need photos. Lots of doggie photos. Which is where YOU come in.
Now, there are photos of dogs all over the Internet, but photographers I don’t know took the photographs. For me to snag one of those photographs is unethical and, in terms of copyright, illegal, should I ever make money off of a painting based on the photograph. I only work from photos I took myself, or that were willingly lent to me by people I know (even if it's only in the cyber-knowing sense). So I need your help. I’m requesting dog photos. Good, clear, interesting shots that you, or someone you know, photographed. I’m asking you to send it to me out of the kindness of your heart, realizing that by doing so, I am not obligated to paint your pet. HOWEVER, if I do choose to use your photo in a drawing, it will absolutely become a painting. I will show you the painting, at which time you are not obligated to buy it; but if you are so inclined, I will offer it to you for only $100. This is quite a steal, as my starting price for dog portraits is $250. And I will donate a portion of that money to my favorite dog rescue.
At the very least, you are helping out an artist. At the very most, you could end up with an original fine art portrait of your pet for a great price.
If you are interested in helping me with this endeavor, please e-mail one or more good quality photos to email@example.com
***I'll need to know the dog’s name, gender, age, and breed(s), so please include that information when you send the photo.***
PLEASE NOTE: Through this process, I can't accommodate specific time/media requests. I need to maintain some spontaneity in this very disciplined project. If you are interested in commissioning a custom portrait, I'd be delighted to work with you. Please check out the "Custom Pet Portraits" section in my Etsy shop to get an idea of my pricing structure. Also, I'm offering an additional 20% discount until August 31.
WOOF! Thank you for visiting i heart dogs studio, the home of pet portraits lovingly painted by me, Christine Humphries Throckmorton. Since 2007, I have created custom pet portraits, prints, cards, and more, all featuring lovable canines (and the occasional feline). Scroll down, take a look around, click away. You'll see a wide variety of pet portraits, and get to know a bit about the girl behind the canvas.
PLEASE NOTE: Now that I have a toddler, I am no longer accepting commissions. For now, I am shelving the paintbrushes and just enjoying being MOM. I have a variety of original paintings, prints, and cards available in my shop, however, and there is a lot of dog art to peruse in the pages of this here blog. Enjoy.
“I would rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings
they can show me in the world.” ~ Samuel Johnson