Saturday, March 31, 2012

My Very Own Dog Art

About two weeks ago, I had a sudden crafty urge, brought on no doubt by a whole lot of Pinterest and DIY blog hopping.  The crafty urge happened to coincide with my changing the look of the master bedroom, and I'd been thinking about changing the art on the walls for some new interest.  And look what I made!

You might recognize the subject, our lab-weimaraner mix Gemma.  Then again, you might not.  But trust me, it's her.  I spent a lively hour one afternoon following her around, camera in hand, trying to get just the right profile shot of her.  You know, when you try to get down on a dog's level to take its picture, the dog usually rushes right toward you.  I have the dog nose prints on my camera lens to prove it.  I finally enlisted the help of Miss C, to put Gemma on a leash and walk her around until she stopped in a good profile pose.

(Nope, this isn't the one I used but you get the idea.)

I followed the great instructions I found on Karah's DIY blog "The Space Between," and all I needed was the canvas (I didn't have an old one lying around, as she did).  I've got tons of acrylic paint and it's always nice to do a project that uses what you already have.  So I got to be crafty AND virtuous. 

You'll notice that her dog pictures featured a very flat background.  I wanted a streaky look, which is a good thing because that's what I got.  And now Gemma (so quiet and obedient!) stands watch over the bedroom dresser. 

One of these days I'm going to paint that dresser.  But I'll have to wait for a big crafty urge to come along.

1 comment :

  1. I absolutely adore this! Great job! I've been looking for a subject matter to paint on a giant canvas for the kitchen in Cape Cod. I think I just found two (a black and a yellow lab, of course!)