Husky dog sumi painting by Russ Mead

Notes on this painting

It took hundreds of attempts to come up with a working design for a dog. The designs were either too cartoon like, or not within my simple style. One of the problems with painting a generic dog is there is no such thing as a generic dog. Dogs can be 10 pounds or 110 pounds. They can have long muzzle or no muzzle at all. Only when I started painting a Husky as a custom order was I able to come up with a dog that looked like a dog.

About dogs

Much of my animal rights work has involved dogs.  This includes direct rescue of dogs, as well as lobbying for legislation to protect dogs. Holding a scared dog that looks into your eyes to say “please help me” is one of the most powerful feelings you will ever have.

About Zen ink brush painting

The art form has many different names. The most descriptive is ink brush painting or even just Zen painting. People around the world have been practicing this art form for over 2000 years.  One goal is to capture the spirit of a subject with a minimal number of brush strokes. Once the brush hits the paper, the ink cannot be reworked.

Traditionally, the same subject is painted over and over.  This is both to master painting the subject as well as provide focus and stability in the artist’s life.  Tools of the craft include an ink stick made of pitch and soot, an ink grinding stone, paper, and a brush capable of making a thin line as well as a broad stroke.

 I am an animal rights lawyer living in Seattle, Washington. I have worked to pass laws to reduce animal cruelty, rescued animals from large scale animal hoarders and natural disasters such as hurricane Katrina, and educate others in the field of animal law. This art allows me to connect with the spirit of these animals. Selling the art allows others to connect with the animals in a way that can only be achieved through art.

I sell these painting, originals, not prints, size 8×10 matted to 11×14 for $25.00.

Size 18×24, originals, not prints, sent in a mailing tube are $75.00.


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