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The Dog Pack

On Small Business Saturday I announced my newest product, The Dog Pack!

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I have wanted to do this project for at least 4 years, and I finally got around to getting it done. Originally I was going to work all digitally to complete it, but found that hand-painting the dogs was a better way to get the look I desired. Each dog was painted on paper in acrylic and then scanned into the computer to work into the design.

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Breeds were chosen mostly based on popularity and assigned with what seemed to feel right! Sometimes this was based on size, or my personal interactions with that breed of dog.

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The design was a tossup between doing something that looked “pop-art” style or vintage. In the end I felt that the vintage style just visually looked better so I went with that.

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The Dog Pack includes:

Airedale, Australian Cattle Dog, Australian Shepherd, Basset Hound, Beagle, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bloodhound, Border Collie, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brittany, Bull Terrier, Bulldog, Bullmastiff, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chihuahua, Dachshund, Dalmatian, Doberman, English Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, French Bulldog, German Shepherd, German Shorthaired Pointer, Golden Retriever, Goldendoodle, Great Dane, Italian Greyhound, Jack Russell Terrier, Labrador Retriever, Maltese, Newfoundland, Old English Sheepdog, Papilion, Pit Bull, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Pomeranian, Poodle, Portuguese Water Dog, Pug, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rottweilier, Saint Bernard, Samoyed, Scottish Terrier, Shar Pei, Shetland Sheepdog, Shiba Inu, Standard Schnauzer, Vizsla, Weimariner, West Highland White Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier

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Painting of Ralphie

I forgot to post about this guy back when I painted him! It is always fun to paint older pets, so much white sprinkled in with the gold. Painting text was a new challenge in this one, I definitely don’t feel that it is my strong suit, but hey I tried and it’s on fabric so it is a bit more forgiving.

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One thing I love to do is ask about the pet I am painting and learning about the quriks special to them. I love it when long descriptions like this are sent!

“Ralphie is a very social gold retriever who grew up on a lake.  When he was young he would roam the neighborhood looking for new friends.  If he found a party sometimes he wouldn't come home until the next day!  Although he does like other dogs, we like to joke he likes dog people more.  He also loves going to stone's throw brewing to get pets and beg for treats from the food trucks.  My parents bring him there every Friday.  They like to joke that he has to make it to his shift as a greeter. They even made him a bandana. He is very well known there.  Sometimes if we take him on a walk somewhere complete strangers will recognize him!  

Ralphie loves food.  I don't think he really cares what though.  He has even gotten in trouble for eating the neighbors cabbage out of her garden.  He loves everything from hotdogs to brussel sprouts.  His favorite toy is a stuffed California quail that  makes an authentic bird call.  He also likes to carry around shoes but never chews them.  We have  tried to get him other ones but  he hasn't liked them. One thing Ralphie does not do however is retrieve.”

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That face!

That face!