Dog Days of Summer

Invitation for the show using one of my paintings

What a fun show Macon Arts Alliance has put together for and about man's best friend, the dog!  Featured artists include Lauren Bausch, Pat Burns, Allan Carey, Barry Gregg (Decatur), Milton Heard, Leslie Hoops-Wallace, Virginia Maxfield, Coni & Mark Merritt, Carol King Pope, and Anne Rafferty (Atlanta). Invited artists produced quite a variety of artworks including paintings in all mediums, whimsical ceramic statues and bowls, manipulated digital photography on canvas, a life-size plaster/concrete greyhound, prints and note cards.

Early birds

Still room to maneuver
Getting crowded!

The reception during First Friday Fest, August 5th, included two-legged and four-legged guests in and out of costumes.

Gentle Giant
 The exhibit continues through August 27 and is open during regular Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info call 478-643-6940.

 Here are the paintings that I contributed to the show with a little bit about each.

"AC Pup"                             12" x 12" acrylic on canvas
AC Pup is the mascot for Macon's Animal Control Shelter.  He has his very own Facebook page and is quite the celebrity. He made a personal appearance at the reception to show off the painting that he created for the show.  You can see it under my painting of him in the photo.

AC brings awareness to the public of the needs of stray and abandoned pets and is an excellent spokespuppy!

A 10% donation to AC's spay/neuter program will be given  for any pet commissions done as a result of my connection with AC Pup.  Just mention his name to me.
"HighClass HotDogs"                 16"x40" acrylic on canvas
Nelson with me and his "showgirls", Whitney and Dharma
Photographer friend, Donna Brown, gave me two photos as references to create this painting.  We did not know who the owner of the dachshunds was, but were happily surprised when Macon Arts' Gallery Director knew him.  Here you see Nelson Lynn Teate viewing his "showgirls', Whitney and Dharma, who have their own Facebook page.  Lynn makes all the costumes for his three weenies and raises contributions for rescue animals.  Thanks from the pups for all you do, Lynn!

"Tadpole"                        12" x 12" acrylic on canvas
 This little Jack Russell pup was having such a good time swimming in my sister's pond!  I took lots of pictures....he may show up again.  Too cute!

"ize iGnoring da kitteth"            11"x 14" acrylic on canvas

This elegant greyhound is China, who oversees all that goes on at Macon Arts Gallery and Golden Bough Bookstore.  She has her very own Facebook page.  China was the official doggie greeter Friday night.  I was amazed at how well-behaved and social these dogs were together. In this painting she is obviously enjoying ignoring her friend, Rocket.  I just had to sneak a cat into the show!

"Babysitting"                    18" x 24" acrylic on canvas
This is my daughter's German shepherd, Daisy, keeping a watchful eye on Emily, who is not quite two years old in this painting.  It doesn't hurt that Emily has a lollipop in her mouth!

"Hold'em, Sadie"                         16" x 20" acrylic on canvas

Our chocolate border collie, Sadie, was trained on cows and later tried very hard to herd our many cats.  Here, by the miracle of paint, I was able to give her some sheep.

"Trixie"                                        18" x 24" acrylic on canvas

I saved my favorite for last.  Trixie is a very lucky adopted pit bull mix that belongs to my painting buddy, Eleanor. She knows she is loved. Her coat in sunshine glows with some of my favorite colors, expressed in this painting.

Macon Arts has prints and note cards of some of my other paintings, including dogs and cats.  So... these were my entries into the show, but you will want to go see the fabulous artwork of the other artists as well.  Here are a few random photos taken at the show, which by no means show all that was there. 


... and a good time was had by all !