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Studio 303
Dowling Park,
Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fun Fine Art Project: We Let The Dogs Out
Sponsored by the Athens-Oconee Jr. Woman's Club

One crisp, clear mid-December day during my artistic life in Georgia, I was surprised by a phone call from a friend who asked me if I was interested in submitting a design to be painted on a fiberglass bulldog. This was part of a project put on by the Athens-Oconee, GA, Junior Woman's Club (hereafter known as the AOJWC). I flippantly, said yes, thinking that my design would NEVER get picked, since I was a realist, and abstract art was the norm for today....and the final fact that there were a ton of artists in Athens! When I finally got the form to fill out, I only had a day to come up with a design and turn it around to mail out to meet their deadline. No sweat - I'll never get picked! Ha!

Boy, was I surprised the following February when the phone rang and I was told my design was picked by one of their sponsors! Wanda went with me to the "dog adoption" party in Athens a week later, and we met my sponsor, who was head of the Athens Republican Party - good sponsor for the design that I had done. The dog wouldn't fit in my mini van. He's 6' long, 3' wide, and 4' high! He was delivered a week later to the studio, wrapped in cardboard and pallet wrap. He grew another foot on each side when I unwrapped him! Larger than life, this dog in the "ruff" needed a good sanding, priming, and painting. I ordered the acrylic paint - way too much I realize now - and Wanda came over and helped me get the basics done of sanding, spot filling, priming, and putting on 2 base coats of white acrylic. I then laid out the design in pencil and she came back and helped me color in between the lines! I worked on the delicate stuff, and when he was good and dry, he was picked up early April to get his sealing coat on. I next painted his little brother.

The "big dawg" has been put on display as public art in front of Fire Station No. 7 in Watkinsville, GA. The little dog was auctioned off for charity. It's been a really fun project and quite a stretch for this 2-D painter to have to paint 3-D and in a media she hasn't painted in for over 25 years! The results are below.....


"Freedom Stands Guard" has been installed at Fire Station No. 7
in Watkinsville, Georgia - a good place since I'd dedicated the
design to all the men and women who have fought for our freedoms
down through the ages, both home and abroad.

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Got the little "dawg" painted, too, and delivered to Athens
in August. He was auctioned off October 2003.

MORE OF THE STORY:
Little Dawg "fetched" $1,200.00 at auction.
The photo above was sent to me of both dogs
together one last time.

And as they say, on to the rest of the story. I have since received several emails and phone calls about my Dawg. One UGA student even interviewed me via email for a course project. Several years out, I'm glad to see all of the Dawgs still standing proud in their places of honor around Athens and Watkinsville, GA!

Hope you got a kick out of this adventure! I did.

 

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