Well it has been a long year since first I submitted the proposal for my book A Dog’s Guide to Art to the publisher with all the London Pooch artworks gathered together. They liked the idea and said yes. So I got down to the business of filling 96 pages. On the way it acquired additional non long bellied friends. Labradors, Greyhounds, Schnauzers and more were invited to join Ned and Henry to explore the art world in a stroll round this imagined art collection. Their mostly Jack Russell mate Stringer was in there from the start. Then off they went on their voyage of discovery.
It has been a delight to study the style and intracacies of other breeds. Had I ever looked so closely at the lines of a Greyhound? Ned might say they are just leggy Dachshunds but there’s more to them than that. Then to find a work to marry the two into. What better than a piece of Ancient Greek ceramic showing Olympic runners to include a few super fast Greyhounds.
It has been so rewarding to study more paintings and sculpture in this collection. To redraw each work is an educaton in the content of works we think we know. When on close study there is much more to discover. Reminiscent of the old school ways of copying and learning from the Old Masters. I really have learned a lot!
When all the artworks were submitted I missed my daily grind. I handed over my precious efforts and waited for the next stages of production.
Then the world went mad. But thankfully despite Covid lockdown the publishers proceeded with the book as planned. I just can’t wait to see it. And although we are still not sure if launch parties will be acceptable practice in Autumn I sincerely hope there will be one. Or several. Who knows?
But it will be a Book.
So what is the title?
A Dog’s Guide to Art by me Joy FitzSimmons.
Published on November 12th by Pavilion Books under their Portico imprint.
£9.99 ISBN 978-1-911622-53-6
At the present time can be pre-ordered from your favourite local bookseller
and online from Waterstones