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It’s Indoor Dog Park Time Again

December 10, 2009

Mark your calendar now for the monthly indoor dog park nights at the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. The perfect sketching adventure.

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Above: Not a dog-park sketch. This quick sketch using Stabilo Tone dry is a practice sketch of a friend's Cairn Terrier. I was at dinner at another friend's and the dog owner brought her two pups. (I love that my friends invite each others dogs over!) I thought it would be rude to sketch during dinner so I took some photographs which I put up on the computer screen the other night so I could try to learn the shape of this dog, the better to draw him from life the next time I see him (which I hope will be soon, he's very cute).

The topic today is DOGS. (OK, most days the topic is dogs in my world, but today it is at the front of the list.) The indoor dog part at the Metrodome in Minneapolis is open again for the winter season (the link will get you to their calendar). The December date passed without me realizing it (it was just too warm in November and early December to think about indoors anything—I've only just put the bike up on the stationary gadget!). January 7, February 4, and March 4 are the remaining indoor dog park dates; 5 to 9 p.m.

Regular readers of the blog will remember that I wrote about this dog park last year. It can be a crazy experience even for someone like me who regularly draws in public. The dogs move quickly and rarely sit still, the noise at times is joyously deafening. But it seems to me if you love dogs, and love drawing dogs, then it's the best place to practice in the colder months of Minnesota winter. (Read that earlier post to get an idea of what to expect.)

Best of all entrance for non-dog handlers is FREE. (And you wouldn't want to have a dog with you if you were sketching; there's a $1 cost for each dog; parking is free when you go in gate B.)

  1. Reply

    What a great sketch – the eyes are so expressive. It looks a bit like my mom’s West Highland Terrier.

    • karen
    • December 10, 2009
    Reply

    What a great drawing of an obviously adorable dog. Love how you have built the deep values in his eye, and then go around to the ears and nose. You sure have a thing for drawing and painting eyes. It brings every creature to life!

    • Roz
    • December 10, 2009
    Reply

    Thanks Cheryl. Because I didn’t do much with value shifts on this and because I have had numerous Westies in my life (not mine, but owned by others) I can see the Westie here too!

    Tally is actually a beige Cairn Terrier, Toto! I’m still working on getting those specific angles and proportions!!!

    • Roz
    • December 10, 2009
    Reply

    Thanks Karen, as you know from hanging out with me I typically start with the eye when I’m sketching someone (alive or dead) and this has caused great stress in my relationship with Dick because the only portrait I have ever done of him is in colored pencil and begins and essentially ends with those lovely blue eyes of his and then everything else just fades away. I think he would still like me to finish it, but as far as I’m concerned it is finished. That’s the downside to liking eyes!

    (I never liked blue eyes until I made that portrait of Dick.)

    • velma
    • December 11, 2009
    Reply

    ahh, dogs, and i’m not serious about working them, just hiking and hanging out. i’d rather do the horse show thing…or at least i used to. but i just had to say how beautiful your comment about drawing dick’s eyes, that is just beautiful!

    • Roz
    • December 11, 2009
    Reply

    Thanks Velma, after I wrote this Dick and I actually were talking about portraits at dinner and it came up again. Very funny. He would like me to finish it, but then part of him is just happy I did what I did, and learned to appreciate those eyes!

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