Friday, 1 April 2011

Paint Party Friday...it's a dog's life


This week's post is all about dogs.  It is both an update of how my portrait of Reuben is coming along and a plea for help for another wee dog.  I've been juggling this with the oil painting from last week's Paint Party Friday post and also, with the onset of lighter evenings after the clock went forward last Sunday, I have actually been attempting to get down to the beach en famille (me, S and our two dogs!) and start jogging or at least power walking again.


Apologies for the quality of the photos - The lighting in our kitchen wasn't great when I took them.

Session 1

Session 2
Session 4

Close up of eye and ear

Now anyone who's ever read through my blog will know that, although it is essentially about all things arty, there is a bit of a doggy theme running through it.  I love the wee blighters!  As S will tell you, I would adopt every waif and stray we ever see at the local animal sanctuary if I could, and the only times he has ever seen me confront another human being was on the two occasions when said humans were (1) smacking their dog (for no reason other than puppy exuberance) and (2) trying to (drunkenly) kick (!) a baby seal into a beer crate in order to take it back to the sea when it was washed up on the shore.  We had already phoned a local seal sanctuary about it and they had advised that the mum had left it there on purpose and to let it be as she would come back for it.  Normally I would run away rather than get into a conflab with someone but, when it comes to animals, then it seems I will run down a beach shouting like a fish wife and shaking my fist in the air!

So, I'm sure you are wondering where this is going...well, my two dogs are my world and I couldn't imagine them being forcibly taken away from me and left to languish in a bare cell in an unknown compound for almost 11 months while waiting for the local council to secure their death sentence on account of them possibly, but in reality not actually, looking like a 'dangerous dog'.  

Lennox in the unknown pound they're keeping him in
This is exactly what has happened to Lennox, a 5 year old Labrador/American Bull Dog cross in Belfast.  He's been taken from a loving home with a disabled child who adores him and has been left in a pound since May 2010.  Despite Lennox never having caused any problems, the Dog Warden came to the family home, measured his muzzle and rear legs with a dress makers tape measure, decided without any professional advice that he was a 'possible pit bull type' and took him away to be put down.  

You can read his full story at here.  Even my dog-loving heroine Victoria Stilwell from It's Me or the Dog has become involved in Lennox's plight now and the more people who know about it and sign the petition the better chance that the City Council involved will be shamed into admitting they made a mistake and letting this dog return to his loving family.

Sorry for hi-jacking Paint Party Friday but thanks to anyone who clicks on the links and gives Lennox a voice.

Once you've done that, don't forget to pop over to Paint Party Friday to see the great array of art out there in blogland!!

38 comments:

  1. Amazing ink work.I love the eyes. So sorry to hear about Lennox! Happy PPF! ~Theresa

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  2. I'm with you on animal love! It's such a horrible story with Lennox. I'm just glad we don't have a breed ban in our country.

    P.s. I love your art. I can't imagine doing it myself. Bravo! :)

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  3. Wow, you have some extreme patience and skill :D It will be great to see this as it evolves into what is going to be a fantastic finished work.

    Liz
    (aka Nutty)

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  4. What a wonderful post! I was really intrigued by your step by step examples. Wow! And the story about the dog is one that I am so glad you shared, to make us aware of what is happening to these animals. Hopefully, we can help!

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  5. Your ink work is so delicate and beautiful- this is already gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing Lennox's story- I'm amazed at how narrow minded people can be about certain breeds....I'm at a loss for words.

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  6. Looking forward to the finished piece. Wonderful use of the medium. Love ink!

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  7. I was pleased to see the painting as it evolves and how you work the animal. As for your story I too I have dog and all my children, but the day that a small dog (not dangerous) bit my grandson a year old, I realized that the problem is not the animal, it`s the owner . Greetings

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  8. The story of Lennox breaks my heart. I will pop in and read more when I get home tonight and see what we can do to help.

    As for your puppy painting, I love the work you've done so far. The closeup of the eye and ear is amazing...a lot of time, patience and talent is required for this one! You definitely have the patience and talent, my friend. Love your work!

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  9. Your details are absolutely stunning!

    The story of Lennox is so sad, but I'm hoping it has a happy ending...

    xo
    Kristin

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  10. Such details of your artwork. Just amazing and can't wait to see the finished work. What a sad story of Lennox. Hope it has a happy ending ...

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  11. I am amazed by your portrait of Reuben. You must have the patience of a saint to work in such detail!

    I'm going now to check on Lennox. I've never heard of any breed being banned. I've personally know some very lovable and gentle pitts, myself. What really makes me mad is that someone must have reported Lennox for them to even have come to check him. Grrr!

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  12. beautiful doggie eyes...sad story.

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  13. Love the details on your painting. Very detailed. Excellent. You can see how much you love your pets. I too am a person who loves her family pet members. Hope all turns out well for Lennox. Congrats on being involved as you are.

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  14. Amazing work! The eyes are fantastic and not everyone can draw life in the eyse as you have done! Bravo! Can't wait to see the entire piece finished. :-)

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  15. I hope the petition works for Lennox. How insane and wrong.

    Your puppy WIP is coming along beautifully! Looking forward to seeing more!

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  16. Your work is beautiful. The detailing on the last photo is amazing. I blew it up on my computer, you are very talented here.
    The story about Lennox is heartbreaking...how awful....breaks my heart.

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  17. I'm always excited to come to your site and see what you are working on. The time it must take to do this... amazing! You truly do beautiful work.
    I hated to hear about Lennox. It does break my heart. I'm sending good thoughts for the petition efforts.
    Big Hug!

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  18. I am with you 100% when it comes to the treatment of animals. I don't even want to think about not having my Daisy (a yellow lab).

    Your dog portrait is superb with so much detail, you have a lot of patience.

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  19. Your dog piece is so beautifully detailed! I am an animal lover too. I can't stand to see abuse. I hope Lennox gets a good home. Thanks for sharing the info. Have a great day. :-)

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  20. absolutely amazing work..you must have the patience of a saint!..so much intricate detail..stunning.I look forward to seeing more of this wee doggy unfold :)

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  21. Oh, my heart bleeds for poor Lennox.

    Your work is incredible - the detailing wonderful.

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  22. Cruelty to animals always really upsets me. I have to laugh (although it's not a funny situation) at the thought of you running down a beach shouting like a fishwife. I can totally relate, though.

    Love seeing the progress on your doggy painting! It's looking wonderful.

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  23. Such Beautiful art!!..thanks for sharing your powerful story...gorgeous work...shine on..
    Victoria

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  24. The detail on this work is amazing!
    Ahhh poor Lennox. Makes me so sad for all the lonely doggies. There are too many stories like these. Terrible.

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  25. This pup portrait is going to look fabulous!! The little details and lines...great eye rendering! Thanks for speaking out for unwanted animals too :)

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  26. Your love of animals shines through in your artwork. Thank you for speaking for the animals.
    xox

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  27. Wow, amazing detail in your work!

    I really sympathize with the dog issues. I used to volunteer at an organization here in Vancouver and there were so many dogs that were being put down on account of being a 'dangerous dog' when all of the dog walkers that get to know the animals know that it was just based on stereotype and not the dog actually being dangerous. It's sad. On the other hand, I get more annoyed with the backyard breeders that are pumping out these dogs for some quick cash. Good for you for sticking to your principals though!
    ~Kerry

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  28. wow these are amazing, am in total awe. Annette x

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  29. Your drawings are amazing & it is great to be able to see the different stages.

    And I've signed Lennox's petition. Such a sad story which I hope may have a happy ending.

    Kat :-)

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  30. This is an absolutely gorgeous portrait in the making, Nicola. I can hardly wait to see the ginished piece.
    As for Lennox! May he be freed by the petition and returned to the home he rightfully deserves. This warden should be fired for his antics and really! Disgusting!

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  31. And I always thought Northern Ireland/the UK was a free country. But no, they even have dog wardens, who can just take away dogs from people without any real reason. Sounds like directly out of "1984". Beside feeling tremendously sorry for Lennox I also feel with the disabled child.

    I love your images of the dog - you are pretty talented, my dear!

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  32. I like seeing you work on Reuben. What patience you have!

    And that story about Lennox is so sad. I hope that doggie is freed soon.

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  33. Thank you all for such lovely comments on Reuben's portrait. Strangely in day to day life i am so not patient but with these stippling portraits i find it sort of therapeutic to get lost in the little dots of ink!

    thanks so much to everyone as well for clicking on the link for Lennox and signing the petition. Fingers crossed commonsense and compassion will prevail for once.

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  34. your artwork literally astounds me....it's so fabulous !

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  35. This is amazing, fur is so hard to capture it looks great. That story about Lennox is absolutely heartbreaking, on the other hand. Petition signed for sure.

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  36. And keep us posted about Lennox, I sure hope a happy ending comes of this. <3

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  37. Just getting around to PPF. What is going on with the situation with Lennox now? Love your ink work, very nice. I'm yvonne #17 this past week and thanks for visiting me.

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  38. I am so extremely passionate about dogs. Pit bulls specifically! It makes me so sad when I see a pit put the category of mean, or bully or violent or vicious! They are NOT this way by nature. They are very loving and loyal dogs. They are only a product of their environment. The situation which you talked about is appalling! I have no tolerance for ignorance when it comes to animals. Especially "bully" breads. I would probably spend my life in prison if someone tried to take my dogs away from me because I wouldn't let them do it without a fight!!!

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