When I was a kid my maternal Grandma had a Doberman named Rosie. She was an awesome dog. She was super protective of my grandmother and often barked at people until she got to know them. Once she got to know you she would be your best friend. I have this one memory of playing in the yard when a snake slithered by. Rosie ran straight over to the snake, grabbed it with her mouth, and threw it up in the air. She did this about three times. It was raining snakes. I just ran screaming from the scene. I think the snake eventually got away, but Rosie wasn’t about to let it get near me. I wasn’t particularly happy with snakes falling from the sky, but I guess Rosie was doing the best she could to protect me from it!
This Doberman was painted with Rosie in mind. I made the background red because I see the Doberman personality as red. They are on high alert, ready to attack, calculating dogs. They are also loyal and sweet when they love you. That’s how Rosie was anyway. Nobody got past her. She was an excellent sentry.
When I first painted this I was kind of frustrated because the black ink got kind of dusty when I started pulling the masking fluid off. It got all over my nice, fresh yellow and red ink. I decided to experiment, so I took a wet paper towel and wiped the entire painting. Most of the black dust came off and it didn’t disturb the other ink. That was surprising and good to know! I am learning new things about the alcohol inks through this challenge. It’s kind of fun, but wiping off an entire painting is a little nerve-wracking. If it had gone wrong I would have had to started over. Sometimes you just have to take that big risk to find out what happens, right? This is the painters version of “living on the edge” I suppose.
I hope you have an enjoyable Monday! Please check out the fantastic painters participating in the 30 in 30 challenge today.