Waiting.  Can’t get in…

Feels like hours…

Getting cold out on this doorstep.



image of dog waiting using given photo to work with as part of the photo response project for Art House co-op









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!

The Cardinal Rule

Okay, so on a scale of one to cool, how cool is this?

A little time ago, I painted an image of an American garden bird.  This cardinal was used on my blog as a starting point for a fancy dress costume, which you can see here.  Little did I realise that a certain Jerome Travis would be looking for just such a picture.

Jerome is a hiphop artist from Kansas working on his solo album ‘The Cardinal Rule’; when, after trawling the internet for the perfect cover image, he happens upon my picture he set out to get in contact with the artist, yours truly.  It’s really great to see my image used in a context that I hadn’t originally planned for it, for the meaning of a piece continues by others’ interpretation of it.  Jerome told me he believes in his music as an art form so using a painted image seemed representative of his musical and artistic values.  Below is the final cover image.

the cardinal rule album cover for hiphop artist Jerome Travis