:How to paint an apsoPosted: July 11, 2008
You’ve got to take a look at Katy’s blog!
I hope all of you realize there’s a link to Katy’s blog on the left hand side of this blog. Scroll down to :Apso Aficionados. Her blog is “Katy’s Raindance Journal”. You’ll also see Ken and Katy’s Critter Spot and Beautiful Apso Art. Both fun places to visit, that’s not what I’m writing about today. Through her Raindance Journal, she shares, in step by step progress, How to Paint an Apso, complete with Zeke in his spot in her studio.
I love Katy’s work. Mychal’s Bone is one of my all-time favorite ‘dog’ paintings. Right here, right now, in front of me sits “Panchen: Blind, Travelin’ Silver Dog”. Looking over my left shoulder Is “All Said and Done”. Here’s a bit of what I wrote to Katy upon receiving those paintings:
Even as I’m typing this, I have glanced to my left, feeling my heart warm for several reasons. There is Sadie My Lady painted by my friend Katy from a photo I took on a trip with dear friends. The shadow in the background on the right is Ginny is her pajamas. Julie asked me to show Sadie that entire National Specialty week. Sweet Sadie showed with all her heart – indeed a big heart – and I enjoyed every minute. What a meaningful painting! I’m glad it’s here to keep me company!
And her response:
This is why an artists paints. Words convey a lot and have a beauty all their own, but a painting interprets honest feelings and translates them into color and form emanating straight from the heart. Truly, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” When an artists “gets it right”, those feelings and emotions touch the hearts of the viewer, and we have communicated truthfully on the deepest level.