Friday night I attended the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) annual awards dinner. I was there to root for my many friends in the design community, particularly Gus Hinojosa and his team at Hinojosa Architecture & Interiors. They won top prize in the Design Excellence Award Institutional and Educational Category for the new SPCA of Texas facility. From first-hand experience, I can tell you it’s a beautiful building with an interior design that invites people and animals.
This building and the good works done at the SPCA and Dallas Animal Services (both on N. Westmoreland Road off I-30) inspired me to adopt (rescue) two kittens last week from the shelter. Here are the new furry additions to my home. Welcome “Midnight” and “Reuben.”
And, there was another animal-related activity this week. My website was revised to include examples of the animal paintings I have done over the years. Click here for the new gallery tab.
Many of these paintings were commissioned.
The English Bulldog, “Lola,” was a surprise gift from a husband to his wife to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. And, “Lily,” a St. Bernard, was a “just because I love you gift” from another husband to his wife.
After I had finished another St. Bernard portrait, commissioned by a Massachusetts couple, I painted “Doggie Day Care” (see below) for the fun of it. The owners told me where they boarded their dog during the day while they were at work. The place took only Black Labs, Bernese Mountain Dogs and St. Bernards. Intrigued with camera in-hand, I visited the daycare center. The source image for the painting below is a small section of one photo, tightly cropped because I liked the composition and how the dogs formed a carnival conga line and smiled at me.
Until next week, enjoy your animals, families, friends and the Olympics Closing Ceremony tonight.