Pretty Things

by Houndstooth on

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.

Bunny Painting

Painted Bunny

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.

Flower Child -- Tales and Tails

Flower Child

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.

Flattery Portrait -- Kathleen Coy

Portrait of Flattery

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27 Responses to "Pretty Things"
  1. I really love your photo of Flattery and the painting is spectacular – so glad you bought it! 😀

  2. Eva or sometimes Priscilla says:

    Oh my! This is a seriously beautiful picture of Flattery.

    Kathleen Coy is an amazing artist and I love her paintings a lot.

  3. She’s a beautiful girl any way she is captured. Pic and painting capture her well.

  4. Yourspecialdog says:

    What a great art 🙂

  5. Sue Dyer says:

    That painting captures not only flattery’s beauty, but her joy of life and her wonderful spirit.

  6. Liz Coleman says:

    Beautifully done!

  7. Sara Blair says:

    Beautiful and joyful! Love Flattery’s eye twinkle 🙂

  8. SGilbert says:

    OMD!!! The pictures of Flattery & Bunny are so Awesome! I love Flattery’s smiling face because you can tell she is a very happy dog. Kathleen is an amazing artist!

  9. Two French Bulldogs says:

    Wow, looks beautiful

  10. Abby Farson Pratt says:

    Such gorgeous dogs and such beautiful paintings! How special!

  11. Casey the Boxer says:

    What a wonderful portrait! I don’t blame you for not letting that one go.

  12. rottrover says:

    Oh! That’s just fantastic!! I’m so glad you an get it for your home!

  13. Yes I Know My Dogs Look Funny says:

    Both of those paintings are gorgeous!

  14. Patty says:

    It is beautiful!

  15. Roxy says:

    That’s wonderful. She does a fantastic job. Maybe she would like to be an Artsy Fartsy featured artist??

  16. Ryker From Alaska says:

    Wow, those two paintings are gorgeous! If you can’t afford to buy the one of Bunny perhaps she would let you download the photo and do a canvas prints of it?

  17. jealoushe says:

    My goodness that is one stunning piece of art!

  18. catchatcaren says:

    oh that is amazing! I can totally see why had to have it, both of the paintings are just gorgeous!

  19. Christine Sterling says:

    Flattery looks so happy in the painting! How beautiful.

    Monty and Harlow

  20. genjiscorner says:

    Really captured her happy persona. How awesome.

  21. Jan K, Wag N Woof Pets says:


  22. The OP Pack says:

    It is absolutely gorgeous. Kathleen is a very talented artist, we have always admired her work.

    Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  23. Kathleen did a gorgeous job with Flattery’s painting (and the original photo was fabulous too). I think that Kathleen has a special talent for capturing the essence of a dog… Somehow, in her painting of K, K’s soul seems to shine through. I love that painting more than any photo. I gaze at it and talk to K more often than I’d like to admit. I’m so glad that you got that painting of Flattery!

  24. Dory and the Mama says:

    Oh my…so VERY beautiful!!! That smile of hers is contagious!!

  25. Maryruth Ginn says:

    Very special of a very special subject.

  26. Jodi says:

    Wow what a beautiful gift. She really is such a beautiful dog and you take such great pictures of her!

  27. Cathy Connolly says:

    What beautiful pictures!!

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