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Color from Colorado and Scary Moments in the Ring

Dog painting has a long tradition, celebrated by many 19th century artists such as John Emms and Maud Earl. Senior Editor Christi McDonald features one contemporary artist today who expresses her love of dogs through photorealistic portraits in bright, vivid colors. Colorado artist Suzanne Schirra creates acrylic-on-canvas paintings that precisely capture her subjects’ expressions – but with an otherworldly intensity. Meet some of the iridescent individuals she’s immortalized, and discover that she’s not the only family member whose work was out-of-this-world.

Nearly every exhibitor has battled his or her nerves at one time or another. From the newest junior handler to the most experienced veteran, stepping into the ring at an important show can be a scary moment for just about anyone. In today’s DFR, Kayla Bertagnolli suggests that being prepared and having a dependable support system are the best ways to stay calm when the unexpected happens. Find out what can strike fear into exhibitors of table breeds, and learn why it’s a good idea to exercise your dog before its class is called.

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Colorado Artist Colors Our World

By Christi McDonald

Suzanne Schirra has been drawn to art since she was a child using crayons. “My work has always been about vivid, bold color. In painting dogs,” she says, “I aim to capture their expressions precisely, then add intensity through my use of color.”

In fact it is her use of bright colors, combined with the realism in her work, that make Schirra’s acrylic-on-canvas paintings unique. While many artists paint animals using bright colors, they usually paint caricatures, or in the abstract. Schirra is one of the few artists who create photorealistic portraits that look exactly like the animal she’s portraying except in bright, electric colors. more

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Scary Moments in the Ring
By Kayla Bertagnolli
Nerves are a bizarre thing.

It seems that we never realize we’re nervous until just moments before certain situations are about to happen. Right before a performance or, yes, just before we enter the ring for an important show, the nerves can get really bad. Our thought processes rarely include planning for something drastic or scary to happen but, sadly, they do. We just never know exactly how or when.

People who claim they just don’t get nervous always surprise me. I’m not sure if that’s possible, because I, for one, know that I do. Well, I definitely have in the past. more

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