Friday, December 6, 2013

How many names do you have for your dog? Be honest here. I can't even recall Max's official AKC name. I don't remember if he's Maxwell or Maximilian. But, let's start with Max and the fact that he's a chocolate lab. When he was 8 weeks old, he looked like a little chocolate bear . . . so (how many of you remember Bosco - a chocolate drink syrup much like Hershey's syrup?) he became BoscoBear - later shortened to Bosco and now shortened to Boz and sometimes affectionately Bozzie. For some reason I cannot explain, I have also called every dog I've owned Gus, despite their given names. So, Max is also Gus - very often lengthened to Gustafson. So you get my drift. How many names do you have for your dog? I was messing around with a new app, Adobe Ideas, this afternoon and caught Max - Boz - Gus napping.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

In addition to quick sketches, I do portraits of dogs in pencil and in oil. Here is a portrait in pencil of Buddy, commissioned by a long-time customer. Buddy has the most amazing eyes.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

So nice to have a 6 day break from academia . . . I'm able to spend some time with my dog sketching at last! This is Portland; an adorable Cocker with the most amazing blue eyes.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Here is what Maxie's breakfast looks like most mornings. He has extensive allergies, therefore he needs prednisone. The prednisone suppresses the thyroid, hence the thyroxin - according to everyone we talk to, an enormous belt of it. Then the goop for his yeasty ears. Whew. Dog.


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Life has been hectic getting back into the swing of teaching at two schools. I've not spent much time with my dog sketching lately. I was sitting with Max this morning and he had a wild REM period followed by some restful sleep - I knocked this out just after he quit REMing.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Work Ethic


So we got to the dog park yesterday and we headed to the pond, and I hear all this chuffing, snorting and splashing. I look out and there's a Rottweiler just swimming in circles all by himself - no stick, no ball, no buddies. He was literally swimming in circles as though he was doing laps - all for the sheer love of swimming on a hot day. This is Karl. Done on an iPad with the Paper app.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Dude - I'm Starvin' Here!!


There's no doubt that Max has had acting classes somewhere along the line - he can look so pitiful when he's of a mind to do so. Every once in a while, we have also to question his lineage. He's supposed to be a Lab, but he's as lanky as a Serengeti lion - when the light is right and you see him in silhouette, he looks like the Simpsons' dog.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Takin' Five


Out at the dog park yesterday, caught this guy taking five while I myself was taking five after an exciting but tiring week of meetings and curriculum planning for my drawing courses at NIU this term. I love the way - even though his attention is on another dog to his left - his body and his shadow continue to protect the ball in the downright dog-eat-dog environment of the pond.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

My Real Favorite Dog


This cutie was done from a photo sent in by Pamela Richarde. I have a secret and it must not be divulged to Max. My favorite breed is the Beagle. My only Beagle, Elvis, is long gone - however he remains the dog with the most character that I have ever owned. He was epileptic, very fond of my mother-in-law's peds, and generally a pain in the ass. But he was the best - here's to you Elvis, my buddy.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Another Beautiful Swissy


Here is another of Kathleen Borgmeyer's Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs. His name is Robert. What a regal pose! Kathleen breeds Swissys so click on her link here and learn about these fantastic dogs.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Caught Napping


Caught Max napping this morning in a quick sketch. Very often he'll sleep with one of his paws over his snout like this - much to our amusement!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Water dog?


I mentioned earlier that Max (a chocolate Labrador Retriever) doesn't swim; he wades. Well, when he saw Nicole (left) swimming in and out like an otter in pursuit of her ball, he caved in to peer pressure and for the first time in his life went in over his head (right). I was stunned. And, I think . . . . so was he.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

All legs!


Max loves going to the dog park. There is a path of about a quarter mile or so that leads down to the lake. Here, Max is leading D, they are about 20 yards ahead of me. As I watch them, two things strike me; 1) how lanky they both are and 2) check out how taut the leash is! As I said, Max loves going to the dog park. Is it true dogs and their masters resemble each other?  What do you think?
Done with Auryn Ink on an iPad.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Swiss Miss


This beauty belongs to Kathleen Borgmeyer. Her name is Delphine. Isn't she striking?
Thanks to Kathleen for the opportunity to draw Delphine.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

So Here's How They Do It


So here's how they do it. They sucker punch us with "cute" and before our heads clear, we've embarked upon indentured servitude for 15 or so years; astronomical vet bills, designer allergen-free food, hair, dander, vomit, chewed trash - and somehow, if we're fortunate, we still manage to hammer out a relationship that works . . . kind of . . .  as long as you don't mind giving, and giving, and giving.