If you walk on any sidewalk chances are it has happened to you.
STEPPING IN DOG POO.
Enough to instantly put you in a bad mood, the smell, the squish, the hassle of removing it from your shoe, oh your glorious shoe!!
One man from Queens in the USA had enough of his communities dog owners not picking up after their pet so he decided to take it upon himself to not only forwarn pedestrians to the brown, smelly landmines but to encourage dog owners to clean up!
And so THE POOP PROJECT was born
Dressed in an oversized hoodie and glasses for disguise this superhero poop fighter will spraypaint, (with temporary chalk) over the k9 landmine to ensure nobody steps in it.
Learn more from this news report
I love it when an artist hinks outside the square – especially when it comes to art involving dogs. My latest art crush is the series called Expresso Dogs by the very clever Brisbane based Stella Park.
The concept was conseptualised when Stella wanted to humanise animals thorugh her work in a fun and quirky way. And boy did she hit the nail on the head. She couples each piece with a quote about coffee which I find gives the artwork a little something extra.
A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent.
I don’t have a problem with caffeine. I have a problem without caffeine!
Starbucks says they are going to start putting religious quotes on cups. The very first one will say, ‘Jesus! This cup is expensive!’
Stella has also humanised cats.
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
I was honoured to meet Stella a couple of months back and she was generous enough to do a sketch of Odie Sanchez which she printed on my very own mug! Odie’s ‘mug shot’ arrived in the mail yesterday afternoon and I was so excited to see how much it resembled my little mexican Sanchez.
Do I like my coffee black? Are there other colors?
Odie was excited to see he had mail!
Hans sad the package wasn’t for him
Odie rubbing it in – this present is all MINE
Don’t you think this portrait captures everything about me?
Hans was very jealous that Odie was getting all of the attention so stuck his head in the mug and wouldn’t pull it out.
Where is mine mum?
Is it in here? Surely she sent one to me as well?!
Oh well i’ll just slobber all over Odie’s and claim it as my own
If you would like to see more of Stella’s work be sure to like her on Facebook
I am LOVING the new works by Byron Bay artist Christian Palmer. Originally from England, Christian specialises in contemporary art and works with Canvas, stencil and wood.
Christian’s imagery often features animals such as dogs alongside thoughtful questions concerning the human condition – whether you’re an animal lover or a philosopher, these works are bound to put a smile on your face!
My favourite images are found in the Lost and Profound series which features what I think to be homeless and shunned dogs with beautiful quotes and questions that leave you wanting more.
The Pitty Dog works are a little sad considering the breed has been so controversial in the media and the banned in lots of areas of the country. What a great way to raise awareness though and make people stop and think about their feelings towards the breed..
With pets becoming more and more part of the family I am constantly seeing unique ideas for the dog and dog lover who has everything. From designer beds and chew toys to vitamins and minerals to ensure your dogs attitude and health are in tip-top shape. Which is why it came as no surprise that Dog Caricatures are gaining momentum as being a popular gift for the avid dog lover.
Enter Tim McFarlin, a Sydney based Graphic Designer and Freelance Illustrator who has a website for people wanting to “characterise their poochies”.
When asked how he came up with the idea he said:
“I love dogs and Illustration and thought it was only logical that I combine the two! – I love what I do and try to get 100% out of each illustration. I try to capture the dogs looks but most importantly their personality!”
Tim’s work is quirky and cool and would not look out of place in a Disney movie. Check out his gallery here
He is running a competition right now for Australian residents to win a Caricature worth $59 To enter click here
I will definitely be needing to track this guy down to create something special for Sausage & Sanchez sometime soon.
Cat is clothes is the genius idea of Artist Heather Mattoon. Recently featuring in FRANKIE magazine Mattoon’s adorable Cats in Clothes series is one for the feline obsessed. All of the kitties she paints have names, occupations and wear cool clothes just like their keepers.
Take George for example; George is quiet, loves science, especially quantum theory, and feels that doctors should be more forthcoming with health advice despite the influence of the pharmaceutical companies. (pretty insightful for a feline wouldn’t you say?)
Mattoon describes herself as a visual artist who spends lots of hertime in physical and sprirtual therapy since an accident 4 years ago which left her a paraplegic.
Mattoon has 3 cats Megan, Mama-Mia and Edgar who are her inspiration and who each have their own quirky personalities.
“We should be more like cats: soulful, stylish, and entirely unconcerned with others’ opinions” Mattoon says. Cats in Clothes bring something lively and optimistic that surpasses a meditative tone. Sure, cats are lost in thought sometimes but they’re also very stylish.
The series share a unique mix of playful and strict with realistic details in soft brush strokes enlivened by human like expressions and custom outfits.
Savannah is a city girl, feminine and fierce! She takes kick-boxing classes and works as a wine buying consultant.
Mattoon’s next series will be called Dogs in Clothes and Sausage & Sanchez can’t wait to see it finished. But for now here is one to wet the palatte.