My daughters have been asking for a(nother) portrait of Seamus for awhile now. A few weeks back, I wandered the halls of my favorite museum, Smithsonian’s American Art/National Portrait Gallery, and lingered again at Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of LL Cool J (below). He follows an awesome concept, even if I need to wear my aviators to look long. Wiley takes modern African American hip hop artists and places them in poses of the Old Masters (or at least stodgy traditional portraits of the last century, in this case Rockefeller), and often uses flat color or flat pattern behind the modulated portrait. I knew Seamus needed the Wiley treatment, but I went with the less busy flat idea. This being Seamus the Great Corgi, my only choice, really, was periwinkle, Crayola’s Best Ever Color IMHO. And the little bit of permanent rose near his eyes, the hot sauce of oil colors, is meant to draw (even more) attention to his adorable mug.
This is the dog who stopped people in their tracks at the Breezewood, PA Sheetz parking lot as he ate a beef jerky on the way to ND. This is the dog who made the otherwise 5 minute walk between Notre Dame’s bookstore parking lot and the Jordan Hall of Science, where his human sister was patiently waiting, a 25 minute celebrity cruise. He was asked to pose for 3 selfies before we even got to the golden dome. And, a week or so later, as Madeleine crossed the finish line of the Holy Half at ND in a sweet, smokin’ time, another student ran up to her. Madeleine thought maybe it might be to compliment her fleet feet. Nope…it was to ask, “HEY! AREN’T YOU THE GIRL WITH THE CORGI??”
Clare claimed this portrait, sight unseen, but prints can be found here https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-notorious-dog-anne-lewis.html?newartwork=true , or shoot me an email if your pet needs the Wiley treatment, too.