We’ve already discussed the fact that Fillmore St. is one of the best places for dog stalking–really beaten only by actual dog destinations like Piedmont Park. This gentle guy is proof, though if you’ve ever been to Fillmore you’ve seen plenty of great mutts and doodles with your own eyes. I never can resist a dog with a black eye patch!
On an 8 mile long hike around a somewhat slippery mountain, there’s nothing like a dog fetching a tennis ball in the lake to keep your spirits up. Could that scenario be any more idyllic? A mountain in Georgia, some variety of gun dog, and a lake to play fetch in–if I didn’t know better, I’d say someone set up the scene with me in mind.
This week has been incredibly busy so far, but I forced myself to squeeze in a pet portrait yesterday night! Our family friend’s cat Violet is an enormous Maine Coon, and as you may be able to see here, looks quite strict. In case you’re not familiar with the breed, Maine Coons are so gigantic they make Striped Cat look normal sized. Imagine the bruises after one jumps into your lap!
A few weeks ago, I bought my first watercolor brush pen, and finally got around to playing with it last night. I sketched my kitties (plus a portrait of Momo, taken from Instagram), then immediately ordered three more brush pens. Not having a studio, it can be a pain to get out all my painting supplies (and later put them away) after already tiring days, so a brush I can use while I relax in front of the TV is perfect.
After spending most of the day yesterday fiddling with graphics for Glitter Guide and then fighting with my printer, I was planning to skip dog stalking–enter Pentel Aquash brushes! It feels good to finally get a dog stalking post up on time this week.
You may already know that poodles are one of my favorite breeds (okay, the only dogs that aren’t my favorite breeds are pugs–did you know their eyes can partially pop out if you hug them too hard? There’s no owning a pug after you learn that). Someday, I intend to own a poodle and train it to wear a doggie backpack, in which it will carry Winchester when we go on walks (Striped Cat is much too heavy for a poodle to carry). Understandably, then, I get excited when I see poodles at the dog park and have an excuse to daydream about Winchester’s future dog chauffeur.
Oh, one last thing: the poodle will be named Smith. I’ll have a second one named Wesson. My pets will be Winchester, Smith and Wesson–great, right? But I’m trusting you not to steal my idea–we’re on the honor system here, OK?
Every morning I look forward to scrolling through Benjamin Hole‘s farming photos on my Instagram feed. The sweeping views of Scotland are gorgeous, and I love the photos of cows and sheep and pigs (and their babies!), but the portraits of his dogs in action are of course my top picks. His pair of springer spaniels is incredibly charming, and although I usually try to stick with animals I’ve met in person, since one of the spaniels passed away earlier this year it seemed appropriate to honor his memory with a portrait of my own.
You really ought to follow this guy–his feed is a bright spot in my day! He has a number of beautiful dogs, including new puppy Ochre, plus it’s the second half of lambing season. Between the perfectly framed animal portraits, incredible landscapes, and occasional still lives, this Instagram account easily takes care of your sophistication, beauty, and cuteness needs.
I can’t believe I’ve posted 50 dog stalking paintings! I feel like that deserves some celebration–like maybe I should trademark “dog stalking” or something? This fellow was patiently waiting outside a Filmore St. shop for his owner, but posed for a picture once it became obvious that I wasn’t walking away until I got a photo and a pet.
While we’re on the topic of dogs, did you watch the Westminster Kennel Club dog show? A fox terrier, one of my favorites, came out on top so I feel a little smug about my choice.
PS–Have you voted in Minted’s latest collaborative challenge with West Elm? I hope you’d to see more Striped Cat Studio artwork at West Elm as much as I would!