My friend Sally is visiting for a couple of days. She's brought toys for the dogs and they're very excited. Enzo jumps in her lap and she holds him close, rubbing his back.
They play with the toys for several days before Bella breaks out and incorporates the rainbow rope toy into a construction with lines on either side that appear to recede when I'm looking at Bella through the lens.
Sally is an artist in her own right. When I show her a pic of Bella's construction she responds, "Yikes --- this is a different sort of artwork. Kinda like minimalism with very simple bright colors with elegant lines. I love how she uses the snake. A gentle zigzag and then a bold curve. And such perfect alignment."
To me, this construction suggests a sense of perspective, an idea Bella could have gotten from a training session Paul on a set of railroad tracks in the country, where the parallel lines of the tracks appear to recede when you look at the horizon.
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"Wow, this site is fantastic. I watched the videos. How great that she built this.
Your site really shows off the dogs and one gets a real feel for how amazing it is!"
- Joy L.
"I looked at Bella’s new site. How lovely, and how creative she is! It is amazing that she is teaching Enzo how to make constructions with cloth toys and Enzo is learning from her. It is very interesting to know that dogs can be creative and care about aesthetics. I want to see the development of these two lovely ones." - K.S.
"You are two talented, fun, entertaining ACDs! We love watching your videos on this very well laid out web site. Keep arranging!"
Love, Anne, Anzac and Diggy
"Until Deirdre told me about your art, I never knew dogs were capable of spontaneous artistic creations. Silly human I am, it's true. Thank you so much for brightening our days with your creativity, spontaneity and surprises :)"
Sadie the new Corgi in the hood says hello. You have a great website. Maybe someday when Sadie grows up more she will have one too... or at least be able to walk on her leash far enough co come by and say hi!
Great job with the website, it's so clean and has a good calm vibe to it!