A few weeks ago, I was on Facebook and saw that a Facebook friend, Kathleen Coy, was looking for pictures of Greyhounds and other sighthounds for a painting project she was doing. I told her she was welcome to use anything in my Flickr stream and went on about my business. I knew a lot of people were giving her links to some pretty amazing pictures and that the cards would fall where they may. She also painted a picture of Bunny last year, and while I really wanted to buy it, I just couldn’t swing it.
After that, I pretty much forgot about it. I knew there would be a lot of choices to pick from and some people were trying really hard to get their pictures noticed and painted. I already have lovely pictures of our dogs on canvas on the wall. So, it wasn’t like I needed to have a picture chosen.
And then, Sunday morning I woke up and found out that she had painted a picture of Flattery as part of her 30 Sighthounds In 30 Days series that she’s doing this month. I was floored. She made our girl look even better than the camera had. I showed it to Mr. Taleteller and he was in love with it right away. I told her I wanted it, because I wasn’t letting this one get away. If I have to eat peanut butter and jelly all month, it will be worth it as far as I’m concerned.
What I love about the whole experience is the transformation. Flattery is almost always happy. If you scold her, she will sulk for about thirty seconds before reverting back to happy status. She reminds me a bit of Buddy from the movie “Elf.” “Smiling’s my favorite!” Part of what makes her so pretty is that happy quality she has. It’s like an inner spark that you can see in her eyes. Sometimes, when I take a photo of her, I’m lucky enough to capture it, but not always. This was one where I felt like I did. What is even better, though, is that I feel like the painting took that and gently transformed it into something more.
It’s always wonderful when you can find something that’s beautiful and capture it with whatever medium works best for you, whether it’s a camera, a paintbrush, a poet’s pen or some other media, then share it with the world. However, what’s much harder to convey is the inner beauty and spark of something. The picture of Flattery was taken just a couple of weeks after she came home with us, before we really knew each other, and yet, it’s still one of my favorite pictures of her. It surprises me that someone else was drawn to it as well, but I suppose that it shouldn’t. Flattery is much prettier on the inside than the outside, and that special spark of hers seems to have drawn a lot of people to her. No wonder we had to go back up to the adoption kennel and get her.