Sunday, September 12, 2010
I was happy with the sketch I came up with, but before I began painting it, I began to think of another idea. Maybe I should back up a bit and explain what got me thinking about an alternative image. This week I got a new dog. I had been without a dog for the last three years and I am overjoyed to finally have one again. I've been spending a lot of time with her this week, getting her settled in and starting on her training. So, with dogs on my brain, I began thinking it would be nice to do an image that was dog related. After googling dog proverbs, I found one that was perfect for how I was feeling, "Happiness is a warm puppy." It's a proverb that was popular when I was a teenager back in the seventies and it was written by the great Charles Schulz. So I did a second sketch and decided to submit two entries for this week's challenge.
After drawing this initial image of a boy holding a puppy, I decided to expand the image a bit and show a mother dog sitting and watching the boy cradle her little pup.
So, for a word that I was initially reluctant to work on, I came up with two illustrations. Maybe an occasional "Oh no!" is a good thing.