Friday, 16 September 2011

Paint Party Friday...a very important date...

'I trust you' - Dog's eye in watercolour
I've had an idea in my mind for a while of a series of paintings of eyes or more specifically the eyes of animals, that I’ve given the working title ‘Windows to the Soul’. This is the first one which I did as a small sketch in watercolour. I’d like to try to do these much bigger in oil on canvas but thought I’d start small and see how I get on. When you look into the trusting eyes of a dog, you can really understand why eyes are described as the windows to the soul.


In other news, today is a hugely important day for one wee dog and his very worried family. Do you remember way back here when I told you the story of Lennox, the dog who’d been taken by Belfast City Council on the grounds that he ‘looked’ like a pit bull which is classed as a dangerous dog and therefore not allowed in Northern Ireland under Breed Specific Legislation. Regardless that Lennox is actually NOT a pit bull and the same Council had happily accepted the money for his licence every year for 5 years before deciding he was in fact a menace to society and locked him up in May 2010. Today is the appeal hearing to hopefully have the original ruling to have Lennox put down quashed and hopefully prove to me and many others that sometimes the law is actually not an ass.

It’s even come to light that the Dog Warden who previously stood up in Court and swore that she was afraid of Lennox and his uncontrollable, aggressive behaviour blatantly lied as photos which you can see here have come to light showing Lennox licking her face, sitting at her feet while she patted his head and with his paw on her knee – hardly the actions of a dangerous, uncontrollable dog!

Every finger and toe I possess is crossed in anticipation of a favourable outcome for poor Lennox and his family. His case has garnered worldwide attention with even the Queen of dog behaviour, Victoria Stilwell, getting involved on his behalf. Please send good luck vibes from wherever you are to Belfast High Court so that finally Lennox can come home to the family that love and miss him desperately.

Happy Paint Party Friday and big thanks to Kristin and Eva who continue to host it so wonderfully every week!

41 comments:

  1. I'm crossing all my toes and fingers,, beautiful art too!

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  2. Sending good luck vibes to Lennox!!!! and the details in your eye are amazing....

    as for your question....I do a lot of work with ink and paper then do a lot of digital additions....

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  3. Awww... Such a loving and trusting eye :)

    Sending good thoughts to Lennox and his family! (My fingers are crossed too)

    xo
    Kristin

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  4. I cannot believe I just read "windows to the soul." I had been thinking about this very thing for two days now and wanting to focus on the eyes in my portraits. Check out my latest on my blog and you'll see. Freaky, huh, how serendipity (or is it synchronicity?) works!

    LOVE your puppy eye, so trusting, loving and loyal! Can't wait to see what you'll come up with next, chica!! :)

    Happy PPF!!!

    Ily (aka "Scarlet")

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  5. Love your eye painting. Good luck to Lennox too, poor thing! Valerie

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  6. Poor dog, hope everything turns for the better. And what an expressive eye you made, very nice work!

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  7. Love your 'eye of the soul' painting ~ awesome! Praying and wishing for this dog to be released asap ~ Humans can be so cruel ~ ~Happy PPF ~namaste, Carol ^_^ ( Share the Creative Journey)

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  8. That is fabulous. Eyes would make a great series. :)I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Lenox. Hope all goes well for him. :)

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  9. What a great image. I always enjoy seeing the everyday in different perspectives, it definitely adds another dimension to the subject.

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  10. This is very good .... cuarela eye and very original ... still working on it.I hope everything turns out well for Lennox. Saludos

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  11. Beautiful eye. Yes I always look into my family pet member's eyes. I know the feeling and keeping my toes and fingers crossed for Lennox. ::hugs to Lennox::

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  12. oh, so sorry to hear about lennox...hope all turns out well! LOVE the eye painting and think it will be an awesome series! Beautiful work! happy ppf POP ART MINIS

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  13. I love the idea for the series! There is nothing like the unconditional love of a pet. And your love of animals comes through in your art and your words. Fingers crossed for Lennox and family!

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  14. Love, love your eye! It's spectacular. I'm so sorry to hear about Lennox. I hope everything turns in his favor!
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  15. Hope it's a happy outcome for Lennox. I love your 'eyes'. It's a great idea.

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  16. That is a very trusting eye ~ you captured that beautifully! Hope Lennox gets to go home to those who love him :)

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  17. Your eye painting is just fabulous. and you are so right about the dogs' eyes. Also, I hoping for a favorable outcome for Lennox.
    Faye

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  18. I love the power of the eyes too.

    I see that poor Lennox has to wait even longer to find out his fate. Ridiculous law.

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  19. I love your series idea, awesome. Sending lots of light and love to Lennox.

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  20. OH MY GAWD!!!! I just posted something eerily similar to this!!! CRAZY!!!!! KISMET!!!!

    xoxo

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  21. Yes - everything crossed! And I love the eye. I agree that they are the windows to the soul and I think that with a portrait, it really is all about the eyes :0)

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  22. That is one gorgeous, soulful eye. What is it about dog eyes? I think people are just more likely to avert their eyes after a short time but dogs just pour their hearts out through their steady gaze. You've captured it so beautifully and I think it's a great idea for a series!

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  23. Beautiful eye, you do such great art and keeping fingers crossed for poor Lennox. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  24. Your Windows of the Soul idea is brilliant. I can just see them filling the walls of a gallery...a gallery that allows pets, of course.

    Here's hoping all the good energy sent to Lennox and his family finally gets him home.

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  25. Amazing eye!! Great idea!

    My fingers are crossed too! Let us know.

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  26. LOVE your eye- definitely a window to the soul and brilliant to boot!

    I'll be thinking of the hearing and hoping good things come of it- hope he and his people get good news from this.

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  27. I love the idea of doing animal eyes and yes they are the" window to the soul", how perfect! Can't wait to see more! The dog's eye is gorgeous! I'm sending light to Lennox! Deb

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  28. Wow, what a story! I'll be sending my positive thoughts that way. I can't wait to see what you've got coming up in your Windows to the Soul project, it's a fantastic idea and you're quite the talent!

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  29. Well Good Luck to Lennox! Your 'eye' for detail in the eye is terriffic. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Sunflowers, Happy PPf!

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  30. How beautiful~ My beloved is a dog-person while I'm a cat-person. XD But even so, I cannot ignore the intensity of them puppy-eyes!
    Awesome work on this, you've really captured the light and shape perfectly!

    // - T.W -

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  31. Beautiful work! You captured it perfectly. Happy PPF!

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  32. Their eyes just grab you and pull you in, the love and trust they reveal. All limbs crossed for lennox X

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  33. Have they had him locked up there this whole time? Why has it taken so long? They'll still be an ass in my opinion for putting the poor dog and his family through this for so long, but I'm sending up a prayer that he will get to go home.

    I do agree about dog's eyes. My dogs have eyes of the exact same color and shape but what you see when you look into their eyes is completely personal to them.

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  34. Simply amazing eye and loving your idea of the window to the soul. :)

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  35. Beautiful dog eye portrait.
    I love dogs so much...hoping for the best for Lennox.
    ~Mary

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  36. excellent work of the eyes of an animal and I agree that when u look directly into its eyes you can see truly the soul within. i hope that Lennox will be alright and free soon! Hang on! :)

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  37. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my painting and on wishing Lennox good luck. I'm not sure if anyone sees this when I put a comment but just in case, I'm about to write an update post on the hearing for Lennox's appeal for anyone who wanted to be kept up to date.

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  38. Awesome expression. Wonderful light. Going over to read about Lennox.

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  39. Your penwork is just amazing! It shows your talent and your persistence to your art making. Well Done! And good luck to Lennox as well!

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  40. Oh my what a shame, if only humans saw past the outer appearance of a soul : ( !!!!
    A likewise situation with my next door neighbour's dog, half pit bull, other half Shepherd ( Bear ). I'm ashamed that even I as well as the family were and still are afraid of him and yet he is a gentle soul; it's the stereotype that the pit bull has received for years that we tend to have this lingering fear, many times justified and other times unfortunately some creatures inevitably innocently pay the price. My prayers go out to Lennox and his family.Hope he'll win his freedom back. Lovely portrait as usual.....an amazing artist!

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