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Self Portrait with Gerald

Self Portrait [with Gerald] in the Style Spirit of David Hughes (mixed media 2010 2xA5 Moleskine sketchbook pages)

David Hughes is an artist, illustrator, caricaturist and writer who lived near my home town of Manchester. This picture – in the spirit rather than the style of David Hughes, on reflection – was inspired by his book, Walking the Dog, which had particular resonance for me as we’d recently taken in Gerald from the Dogs’ Trust. I enjoyed our early morning walks when I’d try to engage him in conversation but, being a dog and a greyhound at that, he rarely responded.  One day, I’ll drive over to where David Hughes lives, knock on his door and ask him to teach me something.

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Gerald

Gerald

Gerald (pastel and charcoal 2014 A2)

Art therapy: a pastel drawing of our rescue greyhound, Gerald, who died in August 2014. I have plans to extend the drawing to include his front paws and a phantom tail (he didn’t have much of one). His racing name was Blake’s Gooner.