As you know, I love to paint abstracts and the heart and soul of dogs.
When I lived in Colorado Springs, CO I would go to the Animal Shelter and select dogs to do their portrait. I loved doing this but it was hard to see the disappointment in their eyes when they realized I was not taking them home.
It was an experience that allowed me to grow personally and professionally. It was also an experience that deepened the quality of my art.
As I looked into the eyes of the shelter dogs….I mean really looked, it gave me cause to reflect upon my own life and the values and judgments I, along with everyone in the world, have accumulated over the years.
The beauty of how dogs think and see the world is incredibly simple yet complex. They read you in simple terms….are you gentle, are you kind, will you take me home?
Some, such as Scout, the Great Dane Pitbull mix in this blog, search for kindness. The eyes show sadness, lack of trust and yet there is that eternal hope that only a dog has. It doesn’t take much to make a dog happy.
Our art reflects what is inside of us. This is why it is so scary to enter shows, show our friends our paintings ….. what will they think?
I have decided we must learn to love with the heart of a dog. Just accept love and give love without question.
Love our art, love the process of creating….love the creature we are.
Do you have a dog you love with all your heart? Share your story as I would love to hear it.
Until next time,