My brother Jocko

May 15, 2012
My brother Jocko

My brother Jocko

Isn’t he a handsome guy?

Have a nice day.

Your friend,

Rita the dog [ignore video ad, if any, immediately below]

Bulldog with women

May 11, 2012

I suppose images of naked bulldogs with women are common.  Still you have to wonder if Mr. Helmut Newton (my previous post) knew about this painting of Francis Picabia:

Francis Picabia--Bulldog with women--1941-1942

Francis Picabia–Bulldog with women–1941-1942

Not that it matters,  but I was struck by the similarity of the subject matter.  Francis Picabia (French 1879 – 1953) was a pretty interesting fellow, being associated with both the Dada and Surrealist movements, certainly belied by the image above.  For more information about him check the link above (first mention of  his name).

Have a nice day,

Rita the dog  [ignore video ad, if any, immediately below]

Each to his own

May 10, 2012

My dad really likes this photo by Helmut Newton:

Photo by Helmut Newton

Photo by Helmut Newton

Personally, I think the dog is slightly out of focus.

Yours,

Rita the dog  [please ignore video ad, if any, below]

Underwater dog photography

May 9, 2012

There is a guy named Seth Castille that takes pictures of dogs while they are underwater.  I think it is incredible.  Here is an example:

Seth Casteel--underwater_dog

Seth Casteel–underwater_dog

You can find some more of Seth’s photos here.

Have a nice day.

Rita the dog  [ignore video ad, if any, immediately below]

The Polka Dot Queen

May 8, 2012

Her name is Yayoi Kusama and if she didn’t invent polka dots she may as well have. Sample art:

Japanese artist:  YAYOI KUSAMA--dotted pumpkin--2010

YAYOI KUSAMA–dotted pumpkin–2010

Born in 1929 she ain’t no spring chicken.  If she were, my sister Cosi would definitely be chasing after her.

I think she liked nudity and installations, for example:

Image

You might not think she is a dog artist, but she is, at the TATE no less:

Yayoi Kusama -- Polka Dot Dog 1

Yayoi Kusama — Polka Dot Dog 1 — At TATE

And here is another:

Another Yayoi Kusama dog

Another Yayoi Kusama dog 

Now here is the thing that makes me know she is not your everyday customer:  She offered to sleep with Richard Nixon if he would end the Vietnam war!

Bet you didn’t know that.

Your best friend,

Rita the dog [ignore video ad, if any, immediately below]

Advertisements without my permission

May 7, 2012

Not everything improves with time. Now wordpress inserts advertisements within my blog. I wish to state unequivocally that I do not endorse, nor will I purchase any product that I see advertised in my blog.

Furthermore, these advertisements appear without my permission.

Please join me in not buying products you see advertised here. Thank you.

Rita the dog. [ignore video ad, if any, immediately below]

Yours truly

May 7, 2012

At my (human) mother’s request, here a picture of me:

Rita, 11 March 2012

Yours truly, Rita the dog, 11 March 2012

It was a little hot that day.

Your best friend,

Rita the dog  [ignore video ad, if any, immediately below]

Back from the dead

May 7, 2012

Well, not dead but for 3 years blissfully retired from blogging.  In dog-years that is about 20 of your human years, which has allowed me to get old and deaf, but fortunately neither decrepit nor too senile (I hope) to give it another shot.  There will be this change:  less text, more pictures, and no restrictions to dog art.  Of course dogs and art will be a common topic, but for me blogging is work, and if I must work it has to be something I like, which simply means I will blog about whatever strikes my fancy at the moment.

First off, there is this ambiguity of the phrase “dog art” which is usually parsed as art made by humans in which dogs are the subject of the art, or perhaps just are there tangentially in the artwork.  I wanted to call your attention to an alternate parsing of that phrase:  art created by dogs.  Lest you think that this is yet another ramble about the null-set, let me call your attention to a dog named “TILLAMOOK CHEDDAR”  who is a real artist.  Back in the year 2000 she looked like this:

tillie in year 2000

Tillie — a real dog artist (c. 2000)

Maybe she has expired or just gotten old like me (I’m now 14 years old) but up at least till 2010 Tillie was still an active artist.  From her website  “Widely regarded as the world’s preeminent canine artist, she has had twenty solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe”.

I say:  hang in there Tillie, and keep on doing art!

Have a great day,

Rita the dog   [ignore video ad, if any, immediately below]

In Honor of Mary Cassatt

May 22, 2009

Mary Cassatt was born May 22, 1844.  Today google saw fit to honor the 165 th year of her birth.  She died at age 82, in June of 1926.  She is well known as an American painter, especially favoring mothers with small children.  Google’s logo for today is appropriate:

Googles log for May 22, 2009

Google's logo for May 22, 2009

There is something peaceful and nice about the art of Mary Cassatt, that belies the rambunctiousness that this old dog knows goes with little kids, and pups as well.  I’m not sure if she favored dogs, but I have found three of her painting which have dogs in them.  For example, here is a painting from the year 1900, called “Woman in a Raspberry Costume Holding a Dog”:

Woman in a Raspberry Costume Holding a Dog -- Mary Cassatt -- 1900

Woman in a Raspberry Costume Holding a Dog -- Mary Cassatt -- 1900

You can click on the image to see it a little better, hopefully.

Here is another painting, this one of Elsie Cassatt, perhaps a niece or other relative, which dates to 1880.

Elsie Cassatt holding a Big Dog -- Mary Cassatt -- 1880

Elsie Cassatt holding a Big Dog -- Mary Cassatt -- 1880

You should be able to see it better if you click on the image.

Mary Cassatt studied and worked in France, Spain, and the United States and was for a time aligned with the school of Impressionists working expecially with Edgar Degas.  She excelled with pastels.  Today, she is a prime example from the “American Impressionists”.

Here is the only other Mary Cassatt work that I could find that featured a dog.  It is called “Sara with Her Dog” and dates to 1901.

 

Sara with her Dog -- Mary Cassatt -- 1901

Sara with her Dog -- Mary Cassatt -- 1901

Click on the image for a better view (but 500K).  For those interested a pretty good article about Mary Cassatt is here.  Also, many 362 artworks of Mary Cassatt can be viewed at this site.

That’s it for today.  Check out Mary Cassatt!

Rita the dog

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)

January 17, 2009

The time has come to praise Andrew Wyeth, for he died today at the age of 91.  His paintings of rural Pennsylvania and Maine,  highly detailed, realistic, stark, even melancholy are well known.

Andrew Wyeth in 1964

Andrew Wyeth in 1964 (from news release)

Andrew Wyeth (recent photo, ©2008 Jim Graham)

Andrew Wyeth (recent photo, ©2008 Jim Graham)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

So, in his honor I will share some images of the work of Andrew Wyeth, a few with dogs. First, a detail from the very famous Christina’s World, 1948.

Christina's World (detail) - Andrew Wyeth - 1948

Christina's World (detail) - Andrew Wyeth - 1948

For the full picture (but not high resolution), and information about it and the woman in it see this link to The Museum of Modern Art.

Next comes another well known image, dating to 1979 and called ‘Sauna’.

Andrew Wyeth - Sauna - 1979

Andrew Wyeth - Sauna - 1979

.

Next comes a painting I like because it reminds me of some of the wonderful walks my mom and dad take me and the interlopers on, near Xico, here in Mexico where we live.

Andrew Wyeth - The Intruder - 1971

Andrew Wyeth - The Intruder - 1971

.

Next comes a copyrighted image, so it is to view as a bit of art education, but not to be downloaded.  It dates to 1981 and is called “Lovers”

Andrew Wyeth - Lovers - 1981 (copyrighted)

Andrew Wyeth - Lovers - 1981 (copyrighted)

.

Next is one I like a lot.  That’s really a lucky dog.  Sometimes I’m lucky like that.  Those are good days.

Andrew Wyeth - Master Bedroom - 1965 (watercolor)

Andrew Wyeth - Master Bedroom - 1965 (watercolor)

.

Here is an older picture called “Wind from the Sea” that I like a lot:

Andrew Wyeth - Wind from the Sea - 1948

Andrew Wyeth - Wind from the Sea - 1948

.

The next painting is called “Raccoon” but I don’t see any raccoons.  All I see is 2 ½ dogs that probably hunt raccoons.  Maybe the dog that’s only half a dog whose really pulling his chain hard had a raccoon in his mouth, but the canvass just wasn’t big enough to include it.  Seems strange to me but I’m just a dog so maybe you humans who read this can explain it.  Anyway its a pretty nice picture of the dogs that made it all the way in.

Andrew Wyeth - Raccoon - 1958

Andrew Wyeth - Raccoon - 1958

.

Last, here is a picture with a wild dog in it.

Andrew Wyeth - Wild Dog (study for groundhog day) - 1959

Andrew Wyeth - Wild Dog (study for groundhog day) - 1959

I bet that was a tough dog to make it through the winter with no chance for a warm bed like that other dog.  The world is not really fair, and lots of it is just luck.

Anyway, I hope you liked this selection from the works of Andrew Wyeth, may he rest in peace.

Yours,

Rita the dog