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.

 

Sky Fishin’

Lately I have been spending time looking at art created by women illustrators of the early twentieth century-the so-called “Golden Age” of Illustrations for inspiration. Here is another experiment with Hubble making use of celestial resources for an opportunity to go fishing-

Today’s Dog Quote:

“I feel sorry for people who don’t have dogs. I hear they have to pick up  food they drop on the floor.”

–Anonymous

Image a composite using iPhone 7, Snapseed, iColorama and Leonardo. Background from Distressed Fx textures; Sea-monster and little fishies from Origins Digital Curio

 

Sky Fishin'

Sky Fishin’

Black Dog Moon

I realized this week that if I wanted to feature Anna more, I was going to have to rethink how I do it, given her shyness around the camera and the phone.  This is another experiment using an image of a sleeping Anna as the focal point.

Today’s Dog Quote:

“It’s the person who likes to pat dogs to whom dogs come for pats.”
― Arthur Gordon

Image taken with iPhone 5s and 7 and processed with Skylab, iColorama, and Snapseed

For today: Black Dog Moon

Black Dog Moon

Black Dog Moon

The Fledgling

I am not sure where this image came from exactly. I know that I have been grappling lately with exploring new directions and techniques that incorporate my dog photographs. In the process, I am trying to practice what a friend calls a “know-nothing” mind which allows for experimenting without trying to predict an outcome. It is not easy.

This image came about after reading about the Aralez and the Simargl–winged dog spirits, that depending on the culture, carries out different duties. In my mind, I thought about what would it be like for one of these creatures first trying out their wings, and in the process receiving help from those who know a thing or two about flying. And Hubble as always, was a trooper. This is a work in progress, but I think there is a theme to explore here.

Today’s Dog Quote:

I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons.
—Will Rogers

Image taken with iPhone 7s and processed with Snapseed, iColorama, and SkyLab

For today: The Fledgling

The Fledgling

The Fledgling

 

 

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