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‘The dog is the perfect portrait subject. He doesn’t pose. He isn’t aware of the camera.’ Patrick Demarchelier.

16 May

Stories from my Sketchbook . . . 

I am not sure whose dogs Patrick Demarchelier was speaking about when he made that comment but it certainly wasn’t any of mine.  My girls are all complete ‘posers’.  All three of them love the camera and can go from fast-asleep-and-snoring to wide awake ‘pick-me, pick-me’ party smiles, olympic-worthy cartwheels and posey ballerina-leg-lifts within seconds of a camera being pointed in their direction . . .

Unfortunately, they also seem to have figured out that my sketching presents the same opportunities for them to shine and I can assure you that if Maudie had been awake while I was trying to sketch her this weekend she would have been right up in my face, pointing out her ‘best side’ (and giving advice on which pencils I should use) and it is unlikely there would have been a completed sketch to share here now.

As it was, the weather turned all wet and cold and rainy on Sunday and the girls, being the sooky-la-las that they are, decided (en-masse) that winter had finally come and their best option was to try and sleep their way through it.  Thus Maudie found herself all warm and dozing in the prime spot for winter warmth—on her blankie in front of the heater in the living room.

Well, perhaps not the prime spot—that actually appears to be my lap—but after a short, sharp kerfuffle Mabel beat her to it and Maudie was relegated to the next-best-thing.

I have to say—she doesn’t look too unhappy about it, does she?

 
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10 responses to “‘The dog is the perfect portrait subject. He doesn’t pose. He isn’t aware of the camera.’ Patrick Demarchelier.

  1. S. A. Young

    May 16, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I don’t know if you’ve ever thought about it or whether it’s been suggested before, but you should write about your “girls” and illustrate it with your wonderful sketches. I know I’d read it!

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    • C. C. Cedras

      May 16, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Sign me up for that book!

      Liked by 1 person

       
      • sallyinthehaven

        May 16, 2017 at 1:08 pm

        Woo Hoo – that makes 2 of you! 🙂

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    • sallyinthehaven

      May 16, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      I’d have to be writing (and sketching) a lot faster than I am now I think. Takes me all week just to do what I do now! But thank you for the lovely compliment. 🙂

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  2. Pam Talbot

    May 16, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    I’d read it too!😊

    Liked by 1 person

     
    • sallyinthehaven

      May 17, 2017 at 7:20 am

      You probably wouldn’t need to – you hear all the stories (and see most of the sketches) as soon as they happen! 🙂

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  3. Judy

    May 17, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Me too…I could read it allowed to Paddington!

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    • sallyinthehaven

      May 17, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Paddington meeting my girls – that would make a good chapter I am sure!! 🙂

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  4. Jon

    May 19, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Agree re the book!

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  5. stevetalbot51

    May 19, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Me too!

    Liked by 1 person

     

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