The Dalmatian Days are Over
As lockdown is lifted, the Dalmatian Days end and I reach my goal of creating 101 paintings.
In my last blog, I was at ‘The Bookcase (No 50)’ and ideas were plentiful. Since then, I have returned to work and my painting has slowed down.
I have however reached the end with ‘The Last Dottie’ (No 101).
This painting is inspired by Leonardo’s Last Supper, which happily coincides with Easter. This is a pointer to what is to come once lockdown is lifted, when we can all gather round a table for dinner and enjoy each other’s company once again.
I am so happy to have sold some of the paintings already – a huge thank you to all who have supported me! The remainder will be exhibited in the Flying Ducks Art Gallery in Stone, Staffordshire for May bank holiday weekend. I am also working on some Dottie tea towels and cards which will be available to buy shortly.
Dot to Dot
I was asked by a friend where I get my inspiration from.
Some of my art is inspired by old and more recent artists, such as Dottie examining Damien Hirst’s Spot painting (No 24). Others are just interpretations of everyday life as seen through Dottie’s eyes such as Dottie’s Day out – at the races (No. 61) and Cycling Dottie (No 51). For this project, I wanted Dottie to explore the things we once took for granted, and which lockdown has made us appreciate even more.
It’s hard to pick out a specific one in the collection but I would say that my favourite painting has to be, Dottie Reads the Evening News (No. 83). Thanks to Juno, a Dalmatian in Germany, for the inspiration.
Life with Dottie
There have been times when I just couldn’t stop painting, moments when I thought I may not finish, and times when I wasn’t sure what to paint next.
I’ve always liked painting different styles such as pixel paintings, portraits or copying a modern artists work. Not having a constant style can sometimes hold you back, but put a Dalmatian at the centre, and the theme will always tie the styles together perfectly!
As to the immediate future, I am swapping my favourite number of ‘101’ to my new number of ‘28’ as I work on 28 days of a lobster’s life. More to come soon!
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