January 2, 2014

WIP - Chihuahua Painting

I found a fortune in a cookie recently that inspired this painting. It said...

"It's not the size of dog in the fight, it's the size of fight in the dog"
Mixed media on plywood
24 x 24 inches

My dog, Lulu, was a stray. We found her in a woodpile… skinny, scared, and sick.

I wanted this painting to show her fighting spirit. I'm working from a photo of her (dressed up for Halloween). I used old cereal boxes (trash) and glued them onto the plywood background. I wanted to use trash because someone had thrown her away when we found her.

The lemons in the border come from the phrase, "make lemons out of lemonade". When we found Lulu, my daughter used to call her "blueberry" because she would curl up tightly into a round blue-black ball to sleep on our laps.

I put some steaks in the painting because Lulu loves them AND of course, raw steak can also be used to calm bruising after a fight.

These are some pics in progress… more to come.

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