Any dog wearing a plaid coat gets moved immediately to the top of my stalking list, as is the case with Coco the Boston Terrier. Her mom kindly showed us their high-five trick–twice, so I could get a picture the second time. Coco was so sweet and gentle that I wished I could take her home myself (of course, the Striped Cat would never allow it).
I’ve recently discovered that painting doggie action shots is my favorite way to paint dogs–good thing I’ll be back at Piedmont Park to admire the leaves and snap some more photos for this series. Georgia sounds cold (at least to a Californian), so I’m hoping to find plenty of dogs sporting coats. This particular pup is part of a chase scene, and though I considered painting the entire action sequence, three dogs on one canvas can get a little crowded (and I had to pack last night).
When I saw this buffalo plaid clad pooch at Piedmont Park last month, I immediately began following him around to get a good photo: I love dogs in coats, and they are seasonal so a chance to stalk one is exciting. You may be thinking that my standards for exciting are pretty low, and maybe you’re right, but how can you see this cute poodle mix in a classic winter pattern without squealing just a little, even if only on the inside?
I adore Old English Sheepdogs–who doesn’t? They’re the perfect combo of fluffy softness, and ridiculously obscured eyes and limbs. A couple of weekends ago while waiting in line for (vegetarian) burgers, I couldn’t help but squeal at the sight of an Old English Sheep-puppy and his owners kindly stopped for pets. Otis was delightfully jumpy, hyper, and cuddly. Better yet, Otis wore a bow tie! When I have a dog, he or she will definitely have a selection of bow ties and doggy bandannas in their wardrobe. Oh, and one more thought: wouldn’t all lines be improved–nay, made amazing–if they had sweet dogs stationed periodically to entertain the queue-ers?
Piedmont Park is one of my favorite places in Atlanta, due primarily to their fabulous dog park. Seriously, what’s better than watching dogs frolicking? I could probably spend the next six months documenting the dogs I’ve seen thus far at Piedmont Park–but this week, I’ll just show you this speckled friend!
If you haven’t already guessed just by the mere existence of this column, going out to watch dogs playing is my idea of a great weekend. My usually haunts include main streets and outdoor malls, but in Atlanta, Piedmont Park’s Large Dog Park is my favorite place to dog stalk. I’ve spent weeks looking forward to watching the doggie action, and when we finally made it to the park on Tuesday afternoon, the pooches and their owners did not disappoint. My new camera snapped so many great action shots, I thought I’d share a few instead of getting straight to painting this week!
Don’t worry–it’s all fun here! I haven’t seen anyone get hurt, even when the dogs look rough. In fact, everyone is super friendly–one black mutt dutifully left his playtime to greet every new dog that entered the park.
Yesterday I took my new camera out for a spin, and was pleased to find that the neighborhood near Josh’s Georgia Tech housing has plenty of cats roaming the quiet streets. All of them were shy, but were willing to sit still for portraits. Before I go for another walk, I’ll be hitting the grocery store for cat treats to make friends with the locals.