As a nation, we’re a nation of shopkeepers but more importantly, Dog Lovers. The & Co. sign off of all my posts refer to the ever wooly, hairy, smelly, wouldn’t have him any other way, but loveable studio dog, our Border Terrier Walter.
His constant presense, and his role as the cornerstone in our family has in turn led him to position of chief muse and he has apperead on many birthday cards over the years.
Walter on a birthday card has always been a hit, but his fan base (although wide), is limited. So in turn I took to drawing friends dogs and they loved recieving the cards as much I enjoyed making them . It’s basically dog porn, or the equivilent of me walking the dog in the park and meeting and greeting every other dog that walks by. Crufts on cards.
The populairty of dog designs are unprecident. Bonkers dog lovers are prepared part with their cash in return for a portrait of their pet. Be it a bespoke commision or just a generic breed image. Even before we had a pet, my then boyfriend, now husband tried and succesfully won me over with a Sweet William Designs birthday card and Mug. Infact, we recived a Sweet William Design card for our wedding and loved it. (Thank you Emily and Andy, from one crazy dog couple, to another)
For me, a pet portrait doesn’t need to be pixel perfect photo realism to capture the heart and expression of our four legged friends. I love the work of British Aritst Sally Muir . Muir’s dog portraiture..demonstrates the artist’s technical range and her keen understanding of essential doggishness. …Muir’s mastery of the expressive capacity of the canine eye in particular makes these paintings live and pant. — Claudia Massey, Spectator
Sally Muir has become a regular artist in residence at Anthropologie. First showing in the King’s Road Gallery back in 2013, her pup portraits never disappoint. Her A Dog A Day Book, does as the title suggests, it began life with a Facebook post in 2013: ‘My name is Sally Muir and this is a new gallery where I will add a dog drawing/painting every day, adding up to a massive 365 day dogfest. These every popular pet portraits been succesfully liscenced on to the dessert plates, tea towels and mugs and are avaliable in Anthroplogie
I was asked by Kate, who run’s Sew Creative in Altrincham to draw her dogs, Eric and Dotty for a piece for her home. I was flattered and well it gave me just that little nudge in self belief to print some dog birthday cards and add dog portaits commisions to my store.
For a non lover, this post reads as utter nonsense, but to the dog lovers out there who know just how important it is to have that extra heart beat in the house, I hope this resonates with you. If you or anyone you know would be interested in a pet portait, please follow this link on my store. They make great gifts for any occasion.