by Yvonne Dagger
October 1, 2018
Dagger and I are like mountain climbers exploring new territory all of the time. We don't know where our journey will take us, but with confidence we forge ahead seeking, learning and striving; allowing our creative prowess the freedom and independence to pour forth from the restraints of life.
It’s exciting, exhilarating and exuberating.
Making our way across the house to our studio, I’m reminded of our sense of exploring and climbing. We love our studio space. It’s truly our happy place. It’s a place where we bond, where we create, where we confidently move up the mountain of innovation and origination.
As the doors open to the studio, Dagger's tail wags. Miss YaYa and Tommy TuTu follow behind quickly taking their places on the couch. A small CD player tucked in the corner of the studio is turned on as Dagger & I prepare for a painting session. Placing my smock on, I think of the colors Dagger will use during the session and line up the tubes of non-toxic paints on his painting table. Squeezing some paint on his palette and loading it on his brush, we’re almost ready for action. Dagger is waiting patiently watching as things are coming together for his session. Calling Dagger over to his canvas drop cloth, I place his signature red beret on his head. This is a serious time for Dagger. It's time to work. Working makes Dagger very happy. For...in working...Dagger feels successful. Sitting, Dagger looks up at me with eyes of confidence and intent focusing on my direction. Saying the word "Brush." I give Dagger the loaded brush in his mouth. Then, looking up at me, he waits for the command word "Paint" to make his way over to the canvas set up on his easel. One…Two…Three… Brush strokes are placed on the canvas by Dagger. Standing behind the easel, I continue to observe Dagger painting, reloading his brush as needed, treating him in between with his favorite cookies. Dagger finds this a positive experience...an experience that gives him a sense of success and confidence. Treats always do that!!! :-)
The expression, "Time flies when your having fun" fits suitably when we're creating in our studio. The music plays as we continue to work together. It's a wonderful time. Dagger works hard during the 45 minute painting session. It shows. He has worked on three canvases today. Tomorrow he will go back into them...but, they need to dry or the colors will not look bright and clean. Saying the word "Release" and taking Dagger’s red beret off of his head, Dagger knows this signifies that the session is over. Making our way over to the couch where Miss YaYa and Tommy TuTu have been patiently hanging out, we sit and listen to one of Dagger's favorite songs "Remember Who You Are" by Cathy Bolton. Treats are given to each as they all did a GREAT job!!! Dagger lays his head on my shoulder while Miss YaYa places her head on my other shoulder and Tommy TuTu lays his head on my lap...as I sing along. We love this time. It's a time of continued bonding and moments treasured.
Pablo Picasso and George Braque, founders of Cubism, often likened themselves to mountain climbers exploring new and innovative ways to be creative. They and many artists over the centuries have given much to the art world through their desire and yearning to find new ways of expressing themselves. You, too, can let your creative side shine by using your gifts and talents. Remember; Create. Inspire. Learn. AND, Please, continue to explore and climb your mountain of creativity with confidence and purpose… And Never, Ever give up!!!!
Happy Tales to you,
By Yvonne Dagger on September 1, 2018
I never thought in a million years that I'd be writing a blog for a dog…a world renowned canine artist dog no less!! How cool is that!!
A journey that began a little over 2 1/2 years ago now, has brought us to where we are today. I'm amazed at how our lives have evolved and morphed into this world of an artist's creations of pure abstract art.
The DogVinci Style of painting has become a common term among the children and adults who witness Dagger paint.
I have to be honest…I was never a huge fan of abstract art…it was a difficult concept for me to wrap my creative juices around. But, watching Dagger paint has actually helped me understand the free and independent nature of true pure abstract art. Dagger works from his heart and soul. The strokes he places on the canvas in front of him are random, free and uninhibited. And YES…I do get a bit jealous that he "gets it" without having any art history knowledge and preconceived perceptual skills. Kandinsky (the Father of Pure Abstract Art) fell to his knees and cried when he saw his first ever abstract painting. Little did he know that it was one of his very own landscape paintings unintentionally set on it's side by his companion as she was straightening up his studio. Serendipitous things occur when you open your mind and let creation happen. I have to admit that some of Dagger's paintings bring tears to my eyes when I look at them too. Take, for instance, his painting called "Summer Wind" (Below). I can see an image of our beloved beagle, Jimmy "D" in it. Behind the yellow strokes is an eye, an ear and a nose of a dog…a dog that looks exactly like our Jimmy "D." who crossed the rainbow bridge that same year Dagger painted "Summer Wind." I cried when I saw it for the first time. I rejoice now that I saw it!!!
"First's" are very special…First love. First car. First birth. First job...
They are one time treasured memories. I'm ready for many more "First's" with Dagger. It's been a wonderful ride so far…
I love every mile and moment!!!
Happy Tales To You,
Who would have thought after 25 years in business Long Island Picture Frame & Art Gallery would be representing a dog's artwork. Well the Journey has begun and needless to say it has been a hoot!