Waiting. Can’t get in…
Feels like hours…
Getting cold out on this doorstep.
The image above was created as part of the Photo Response Project organised by Art House Co-op. They are the same people that created the Sketchbook Project which I took part in the other year with my piece titled Nighttime Stories.
Participants were given 5 photos and we had to pick one to create a response to. The photo I picked was of the door to the house, it was the one that jumped out to me. Something about it felt empty but only recently so and in my mind’s eye I saw a dog. I wondered if somehow the dog had been forgotten or left behind. So I drew his waiting. I wanted it to look like he’d been waiting a long time, with forlorn hope.
I don’t know who owns the dog, or who lives in the house, or whether he ever has someone to take him home. That’s for you to continue the story. I’d like to hear what thoughts you have.
I drew and painted the dog (a red and white irish setter for those interested) and added him into the picture. The longer he waits, the more faded his image, like a reversed time lapse. I wanted to communicate the distress of the dog and the impression of not being looked after by similarly distressing and tearing the print. I don’t usually mix drawn and photo images but this was a good project to experiment with such things!