No 101 The Last Dottie

Acrylic on Canvas

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.

Dottie’s Exhibition 

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! 

What’s Next 

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! 

Thank you for following!



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The Dalmatian Days Continued….

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:

I also paint commissions, so if you have a particular idea – perhaps of your pet dog/cat/llama – just drop me an email via and I would be more than happy to discuss the project with you further. 

Keep Smiling!  Or keep being Dotty!

Ellie’s Art


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The Dalmatian Days

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