Thursday, July 19, 2012

And What Do You Think Dear Brutus?





Brutus won't say. All he wants is Kibbles and Bits, long walks with lots of time to sniff, people to throw him a Frisbee every now and then, some rough and tumble rolls on the floor and  lots of belly rubs. In return he'll listen to you rant and rave your painting went well, your painting went poorly,  you didn't sell a damn thing, you sold everything and have nothing to show next week, will that woman ever give up hocking meir to chinic, (a Yiddesh phrase, roughly spelled out, my mom used when I pestered), about those wind chimes? Brutus is an expert listener. He makes people's eyes light up when he lopes into the room. He's total love on four paws.

I spent the evening with him last night. The horse went so well, I thought I give a dog a try. This is my "hello" sketch of my son's new two year old, Chesapeake Bay Terrier/Pit Bull, a lucky find at the pound for both. 

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  1. Lucky indeed.

    Charming drawing.


    Sorry to read you are still being pestered about the chimes.

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  2. Not really. She doesn't stop to talk too much since then. Maybe because they are still chiming where they've chimed for thirteen years?

    This animal drawing is new to me. And Brutus was a good candidate since I happened to have taken his picture the last time he visited. I'll try a few more. They're good sketches to do while spending quality time with Honey watching TV in the evenings. Rendering fur is the challenge versus matching skin tones in people portraiture.

    Pet portraits are also salable items--something one can knock off--and make a few bucks. From those I've seen out there, pet lovers are getting taken. Projector stuff with, would you believe, no animation:))

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  3. This is a lovely portrait, you've captured his expression just beautifully :)

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    1. Thanks Kammi. It's not the most respectable of portraits; poor dog has his tongue hanging out!

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  4. This portrait is alive, but it is still alive for your words!
    You know so well thoughts of Brutus, his attitude... so you have created a portrait of a character specific! Animal or Human ,Linda, you have this gift of portraying the character because beyond appearances, you reach the depths!

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    1. Rita, every living thing wants the same thing: food, shelter, warmth, companionship, respect a little fun. Unless you're a an insect. I don't know an iota about them, except they have very interesting anatomies and all the aliens in movies look like flies:) I'm teasing you. It's been a long day. I haven't made any art and probably won't unless I get a surge of energy after dinner.

      You, on the other hand, have created two masterpieces, which I enjoyed very much. They are gorgeous, plain and simple.

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  5. Wonderful portrait of Brutus, Linda!!! Beautiful expression! love those eyes!!

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    1. Thank you Hilda. I was hoping to get his eyes. They are sweet and trusting. They never leave my son, the man who, on a whim, walked into the pound and set him free.

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  6. Hi, Linda - just catching up on your last several blog posts - so much to look at and to think about. Brutus is a winner - great look in his eyes, tilt to his head and quiver in his nose - all lending to his character. I recently fell in love with the boxer of a friend and Brutus reminds me of that love. I am not sure about the question in your previous post regarding negative comments about your own work possibly affecting sales. Some buyers want to know everything about a piece and the emotional upheavals involved in producing it may add to their excitement. Another buyer might run and hide knowing the difficult truth! I don't think there is a concrete answer.

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    1. I think she had a point on finished work, but a work in progress is not finished and is being scrutinized by the artist on their blog-- actually as preparation for the next painting session. If I was talking to a prospective buyer, I'd keep my mouth closed. Most sales are lost because the sales person was too talkative. The buyers words take priority; those are the ones to which to add a brief embellishment.

      Brutus is a dear and you're right, I think I fell in love with him at first sight. Do I want a dog. No mam. I did that. No more kids around the house who can't feed and bath themselves and aren't toilet trained. It's just me and Honey. I'll satisfy my pet needs, drawing them.

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  7. Et tu! Superb sketch - what personality! Love the values, yes - the darks and lights - but also the dog's values: he is noble, loyal and willing to pose! This, Linda, is definitely suitable for framing.

    Also I got a flashback to my youth when the rabbi would tell a story and then come to the punchline, and say it in Yiddish! All the old people would laugh, and the young folk would be looking back and forth saying, "what? what?" So thanks for the explanation - though not sure I still quite get the gist (although it sounds vaguely familiar).

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    1. The values are okay, I was mostly taken up with which way his fur was going this way or that. With pet portraiture its the fur you worry over. With figurative portraiture it's skin tones.

      I can't believe I didn't publish the reply I wrote you yesterday. I guess I finished writing it and thought good enough? It went a lot like the first paragraph here, but funnier.

      Hock meir to chinic was something my mom said to me all the time. I guess I was a persistent pest of a kid. If anybody asked me what I was doing, I would have had to say I'm hocking my emma to China cuz that's what the phrase sounded like to me. I'm pressing publish now.

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  8. Every time I see the word "Brutus" I think of the Et tu speech..Et tu, Brute...(you too?) This is a very nice drawing. Why? because, it just is!

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    1. Et me quoque. In fact that should be his name, but I didn't get to throw in my two cents. Thanks. These drawings are fun having never put the urge before the horse:))

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  9. He is adorable! And I'm glad you've found such a good listener!

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    1. There are no good listeners at my house Judy, just talkers who are always right. It's a tough gig. A dog would be a welcome addition, except no one would want to walk him in the heat, in the snow, in the rain, in allergy seasons. We also don't have a pooper scooper. Gave that away a long time ago. We're just content to visit this new family member, play with him and go home. We're grandparents. That's what we do:))

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  10. Hi Linda.
    Absolutely brilliant portrait of this lovely Brutus. You have captured everything. he is alive. So you are an animal portrait artist now, as well as all and everything else. I love him. All the best Linda.
    Vic.
    P.S. I`1m still not receiving your work via email Linda. I am signed up for it. Google eh?

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    1. It was fun for a big change Victor, but only as a relief painting from the trials and tribulations of teaching myself the ins and outs of figurative portraiture.

      My husband isn't getting his either. I'll put in a "feedback," but so far I haven't gotten any results from all the feedbacks I've sent them. Yes, Google I'm afraid.

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  11. Hi Linda, thanks a lot for your witty comment on my blog. Each of us has a his own vision of what are the beautiful things on this earth. Your Brutus is simply beautiful, I like his expression and the fantastic eyes! Have a good week end! Ciao.

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    1. I don't know about simply beautiful Tito. Miss Fanny is amazingly beautiful. Brutus is just a dog that helped me pass some time. Miss Fanny looked like she would be fun to pass some time with over the weekend too:))

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  12. Estimada Linda. La expresión de los ojos de Brutus está muy bien lograda. Saludos. Sonia.

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    1. Gracias Sonia. Un abrazo de Michigan

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    1. Well hello there. You must be a very busy illustration artist. Good for you. You've very talented. Thank you, it's a dog, but I call it relief art as I explore figurative portraiture. Don't ask why. I think I like to annoy myself:))

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  14. You are one helluva a sketcher, Linda. Brutus is so beautiful and strong-looking [the dog,too, but I meant the portrait]. I see something in the future ... animal portraiture.

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