And Here We Are . . . Four Years Later

On April 1, 2013, this image of a very young Jack Henry first appeared. It was titled “The Zen of Dog.”

The Zen of Dog

A few weeks later, Hubble made his appearance in “Hero Worship.”

Hero Worship

Next was Anna, though she took her time in “Miss Anna.” 

Anna

And here we are four years later. So in honor of our four-year birthday at Little Dogs Laughed, here are some of our favorite images, chosen mostly from the first two or so years. It was hard to pick (though if Jack Henry had his way, it would be all his pictures).

I am not sure where we headed now, but I can tell you with some certainty that whatever the direction, it will not be boring. Not with these three.

We also wanted to say a BIG Thank You to everyone who takes the time to visit, to comment, and to follow us. We are so appreciative of the interest.

We are also going to be taking a bit of break until May. Between work and now being affiliated with a gallery, my hands are a bit full. But we will see everyone in a few weeks.

Today’s Dog Quote:

“Dogs die. But dogs live, too. Right up until they die, they live. They live brave, beautiful lives. They protect their families. And love us. And make our lives a little brighter. And they don’t waste time being afraid of tomorrow.”
― Dan Gemeinhart

Images taken with Nikon D70, iPhone 4s, 5s and 7, using a variety of apps

For today: And Here We Are . . . Four Years Later

Waiting

An upcoming art exhibit at the local gallery where I am an Artist Member is on the theme “Skew the Masters.” Needless to say, this has been an interesting challenge; I decided to go with the artists Edward Hopper, J.M.W. Turner and George Stubbs. The former two I am drawn for their use of light and shadow, and Stubbs, well, I just like his horses and dogs. An interesting stew to be sure.

This image was taken one evening while Jack Henry was waiting on the porch for me to come and get him so he could go in. I had a very small window to work within–between possums and other night-time critters, Jack Henry was ready to investigate if I did not finish soon. I am sure you all will figure out which artist this is attempting to “skew.”

Today’s Dog Quote:

“All knowledge, the totality of all questions and answers, is contained in the dog.”

–Franz Kafka

Image taken with iPhone 7 and processed using Snapseed, iColorama and Pic-Tap-Go

For today: Waiting

Waiting

I’m Your Boy

Back to a more formal portrait for this week featuring the one and only Jack Henry-I know I have said this before, but I never get tired of taking this dog’s picture. He is one handsome fella.

Today’s Dog Quote:

“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”

― Arthur Schopenhauer

Image taken with iPhone 7 and processed with Snapseed and iColorama

For today: I’m Your Boy

I’m Your Boy

Black Dog Zen

We received exciting news today-“Black Dog Zen” shown here, was chosen to be included as part of a national juried exhibition. The exhibit, “In the Garden,”  will be on display throughout the month of April at a local gallery here in Charlotte. I am particularly excited as the exhibit will feature different media,  and it is gratifying to see that mobile photography is being included more in these types of shows.

And I was just pleased that an image of Anna was chosen.

I like this photograph for a couple of different reasons in that it shows a relaxed dog doing one of the things she loves best: being outside and just taking things in. Although this was a composite, it at least for me, captured those moments of peace that Anna seeks everyday.

Today’s Dog Quote:

“The bond with a dog is as lasting as the ties of this Earth can ever be.”
― Konrad Lorenz

Image a composite of my own work taken with iPhone 5s and 7 and processed with Snapseed, iColorama and Leonardo, stars courtesy of Origins Digital Curio

For today: Black Dog Zen

Black Dog Zen

Contemplation

First off, thanks to everyone who commented last week on our new direction–we sure appreciate the interest and support. We shall see what unfolds as we continue down this road.

Today, Jack Henry taking a quiet moment and asking the eternal dog question,”Kibble? Wet Food? Alone or Together? What is waiting in my bowl today?”

Today’s Dog Quote:

“A dog desires affection more than its dinner. Well – almost.”
    -Charlotte Gray
Image a composite taken with iPhone 7 (Jack Henry) and using a landscape from Origins Digital Curios and processed using Leonardo, Snapseed and iColorama
For today: Contemplation

Contemplation

DreamWalkers

If you have been looking the last few weeks at the blog, you might have noticed a new direction. While I have not given up on portraits and other images that have been a large part of Little Dogs Laughed, experimenting with a more illustrative type of approach has been driving my process as of late.

Much of the inspiration for these images is deeply personal–drawing on childhood dreams and fears. One of those came in the form of  what I call now “DreamWalkers,” creatures who seek to snatch good dreams and turn them into bad ones-at least that was my rationale for nightmares. Later, as an adult, I found out  that in fact there is a tremendous amount of information about Dream Walkers. Who knew? Not me.

These DreamWalkers are in fact lovely wire and bead sculptures of meerkats created by South African artist Oscar Tomu. But for my purposes, they became the creatures that once populated my dreams–though trust me, these are much better looking. And what are Hubble and Bear doing? I leave that to the viewer. 

Today’s Dog Quote:

“If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater suggest that he wear a tail.”

–Fran Lebowitz

Image composed from photographs made with the iPhone 7 and processed with Leonardo, iColorama and SkyLab

For today: DreamWalkers

DreamWalkers

DreamWalkers

 

The Star Catcher

Another experiment with Jack Henry. This image is based in part on an ongoing childhood conundrum about the most effective method to catch falling stars. I think I like Jack Henry’s approach better. This way he can take it all in, while the hat does all the work. I would have been running around with a bucket.

Today’s Dog Quote:

“Sometimes you don’t need words to feel better; you just need the nearness of your dog.”
― Natalie Lloyd

Image a composite using the iPhone 7 (Jack Henry, hat and little gremlin) Snapseed, iColorama, and Pic-Tap-Go. Background comes from Distressed Fx, Stars and the green hills from Origins Digital Curios

For today: The Star Catcher

The Star Catcher

The Star Catcher

And if interested in seeing more of the gang and learning a bit more about why I do what I do, please click here.

 

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