I thought that when I reached painting No. 50 ‘The Bookcase’ – which summarises the projects halfway point – I would write another short blog.
I started this project just painting/drawing Dalmatians, but it has now evolved into storytelling through visual art and become a catalogue of Dottie’s adventures. Like all creative projects, things all evolve and change as you go.
The more I paint, the more ideas I seem to have. So, reaching 101 pictures is now feeling realistic. Phew!
It’s really exciting telling a story through painting but with so many ideas, it feels like I can’t get my paintings out quickly enough. Saying that, I am averaging 2 paintings/collages a day, which is certainly filling my time during lock down & I am really enjoying the process. I am particularly excited about adding a touch of humour to my art. Laughter has never been more important, and as I journey through the challenges of January 2021, I am so grateful to Dottie and her numerous adventures in keeping my spirit filled! I hope that she is also painting a smile on your face.
Thank you for all the likes, comments and photos which are keeping me going towards my goal of 101 Dalmatians. Thanks to Michelle at the Royal Exchange, and Angie at the Flying Ducks Gallery, for kindly exhibiting some of the paintings in their windows. Thanks also to Gina for her baking skills and last, but by no means least, to Kate Hulme and her beautiful Dalmatian (Dottie) for inspiring me.
Once lockdown is lifted and we can all meet up again, I hope to exhibit all the 101 Dalmatians in Staffordshire.
Until then, you can follow Dottie’s Adventures via my website: www.eleanorheath.co.uk
I also paint commissions, so if you have a particular idea – perhaps of your pet dog/cat/llama – just drop me an email via Eleanor.firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be more than happy to discuss the project with you further.
Keep Smiling! Or keep being Dotty!
Full collection so far: https://eleanorheath.co.uk/dalmatians/
It was January 1st 2021 and I was walking along the common plot with my neighbour Jackie and her small dog Charlie, a Dachshund and Chihuahua mix. It had snowed heavily the day before and the plot was white over. Half way round a gorgeous Dalmatian with a blue collar comes running over and kisses Charlie on the nose. The Dalmatian against the snow was stunning and the black dots a real contrast.
The following day I decided to paint from one of the photographs and that’s where it all began. One painting turned into two and after sharing the images with my friend Danny, he said ‘Why don’t you paint 101 of them’ jokingly. Always with an open mind I thought maybe I could, with the fact that we had been put into lockdown and I have been furloughed. The idea reminded me of David Hockney’s Dog Days book that is sitting on my Dad’s coffee table.
Currently on Dalmatian No. 26 the challenge now seems somewhat unrealistic but watch this space. Dalmatian paintings
I first became aware of his work recently in my local art gallery, who are currently displaying one of his paintings. On first sight it encapsulated me with his rich use of colour, texture and media.
This graffiti artist from Tel Aviv combines a hybrid mixture of influences in his work. Inspired by great American icons and current day street artists, he layers his influences in a unique style. His work is exciting to the eye and combines a variety of visual languages that sing together. He even makes sculptures of his spray cans set in resin.
The Queen, the monopoly man, superheroes, a variety of animals, Salvador Dali, Banksy, Charlie Chaplin, Warhol’s soup can and Marilyn Monroe, to Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Einstein, Sonic the Hedgehog and Minnie and Micky Mouse are just a few of his iconic images that appear in his work.
He uses a mixture of digital technologies and traditional techniques with the surface of the canvas becoming a rich layer of mediums. The art work screams street culture and a feast for the eyes to anyone who loves a mix of popular icons and graffiti style collage.
Both 40cm/40cm Acrylic on Canvas