Beautiful, vibrant, floral greyhound art work... makes a fantastic and colourful gift idea for a greyhound lover who likes colour
Take a behind the scenes look at the greyhound art...
I created this greyhound artwork for a very good friend of mine, Sally, of her two dogs, Rosie (a fawn greyhound) and Abi (the black one).
This is a special artwork for me, as Sally’s dogs are very much part of her identity. And they are very much a part of our friendship, too, as we got to know one another through our shared love for and experiences of greyhound ownership, talking about our dogs, and discovering how many other things we had in common, too.
Our friendship has blossomed over many years online, and we’ve been lucky enough to meet in person quite often too, even though we live at opposite ends of the country. So I feel like I know Rosie and Abi almost as well as I know my own dogs, and I know how special her greyhounds are to Sally, too.
Typical greyhounds, Rosie and Abi are gentle souls, dignified and beautiful. Abi was quiet, with a silly streak and a skip in her step, while Rosie has always been top dog in the houndie-household.
Together, Rosie and Abi made a tight-knit duo, as close as sisters – light and dark, yin and yang. They definitely needed to appear as a partnership in this artwork.
I was lucky enough to have some very beautiful photos to work from for my greyhound artwork, as Sally is a really talented photographer and especially loves to take photos of her dogs. (Great photos make a huge difference!)
I also know that Sally loves to take photos of flowers (as well as dogs) and has lots of pretty flowers in her garden, so I surrounded her dogs with beautiful blooms.
Saying it with Flowers
I chose a beautiful yellow dahlia, ‘Sunlady’, bright like sunshine, that is a particularly special flower for Sally, reminding her of Abi, sunbathing in the sunshine outside, at every opportunity. The dahlia also means ‘dignity’ in the Language of Flowers, and I can think of no other greyhound who that suits better than pretty and dainty Abi.
A pink rose means ‘friendship’ which I thought was perfect to symbolise both the close friendship between the two greyhounds, and also my friendship with Sally. The deep pink rose also says, “Thank you for being in my life” – again, a sentiment which applies just as much to my friendship with Sally as Sally’s relationship with these two incredibly special greyhounds.
I chose particular colours for the background of the artwork, too - a rich red, blending up to a velvety violet. Sally has always chosen collars and harnesses in red for Rosie and purple for Abi, so these colours are especially associated with the dogs and suit their colourings so well.
Creating my Greyhound Art Work
See how my floral greyhound artwork developed from my pen and ink drawings, scanned into the computer, and then all put together in Adobe Illustrator...
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I love the really vibrant colours in this artwork – full of the energy, happiness, and friendships that dogs bring into our lives. I think it’s a really bright and striking colour palette, that I hope will make Sally smile every time she sees it.
I love how the two dogs kind of fit together, heads intertwining – a connection with each other, and a special connection that created a connection between two strangers, too, one that turned to friendship...
I was kind of nervous of doing this artwork for my friend, as I know how special Rosie and Abi are to her – but it was an artwork I was really excited to do too. I love the colour palette, and the two very beautiful expressions caught by Sally’s own photography, and the liveliness of the vibrant flowers...