Joyeux Halloween mes amis. I decided to dress as Pierre Auguste Renoir. Or Pawierre Barkoir ! Je voudrais un portrait de vous aujourd’hui . . .
I have been contemplating my Howloween costume. Since I am named after one artist, Winslow Homer, I thought that I could be a different artist, this time, Claude Monet. This only involves a beret, a pipe and a paint brush. I think I could handle that ! Here is a painting that Eduard Manet did of Monet.
And here is one that Monet himself did of himself – maybe I will need the beard !
This is a much better prospect than human’s idea which was to make me spagetti and meatballs since that is red and white like me.
Pals, I hope you are all wearing your seat belts and harnesses when you are riding in the car or truck ! Its the safest for you and can save the life of the driver and other passengers too. We are the most precious cargo and must arrive safely ! We use the Four Paws Safety Support Harness, which is highly rated. On to the hunt !
Since we were reading about the dog artist Maud Earl, we saw this painting she did of Caesar, King Edward VII’s dog, after the King died. He looks very sad…. sigh
Here is Caesar with the King in happier days.
After the death of the King on 6 May 1910, Caesar refused to eat, and would spend time whining outside the King’s bedroom. Hearing about this is probably what inspired Maud Earl to do the painting above. She had painted Caesar before, and Caesar’s father, the famous wire hair terrier Cackler of Notts from the kennels of Kathleen, Duchess of Newcastle.
This is a head study of some beautiful spaniels by artist Maud Earl. My Dad’s Human, Pat Pencak posted this from a book of Maud Earl’s paintings and I thought I would share it with you. Maud Earl also did some wonderful oil paintings of Welsh Springers that you can see on my website here (the two bottom paintings) .
She painted dogs in person and it sounds as if it would be fun to sit for her, because she had a way with dogs ! In one interview, she said
“You can’t paint dogs unless you understand them; I don’t mean merely from the fancier’s point of view. You must know whether they are happy and comfortable, and if not, why not. You must know how to quiet them when they become excited and nervous. You must know all their little likes and dislikes, and this knowledge comes from long experience.” I say WOOF to that, Miss Maud !
Describing how she went about painting her canine subjects, Miss Earl explained that she never used photographs, for she preferred to paint what she saw, rather than what the camera saw. Rather, she posed the canine subject on a sort of portable stool on castors, which made it easy to move about. An attendant usually accompanied the dog, but more often than not, Miss Earl was the one to settle the dog so that he might pose quietly. First she sketched in the general anatomy of the dog with chalks, then set about to capture the animal in oils. A single portrait sitting would typically take two days, with the artist working from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The painting would then be completed at her leisure.