copyright Hannah Phelps
oil on canvas, 6" x 8"
The Unleashed benefit for the Animal Rescue League of NH is fast approaching! If you want to know more about this show, check out McGowan Fine Art's blog!
Today, we have another painting of my Pine Run Leroi Dusoleil, aka Flash.
In a previous post, I talked about the philosophy behind naming canine athletes. "Flash" is obviously an appropriate name for an agility dog who needs to be fast and precise while negotiating courses, but what the heck does his longer AKC name mean?
When Flash was a little puppy, I took him to my parents' house to meet my family. He was a tiny fuzzball, but that didn't mean he was easily ignored-he was loud and energetic and constantly in motion. I had put him in a pen for everyone's safety when my sister, Abby, arrived to meet her new "nephew".
When Abby walked into the room, he inexplicably stopped barking, chewing or jumping. He sat perfectly motionless, staring up at her with sunlight filtering in the window and glowing in the blond fuzz crowning his head.
"You look just like le Roi du Soleil!" she said to him.
To my amazement, he remained still. "Finally" he seemed to reply, "someone who recognizes me!"
And that is how my young Flash ended up named after the French "Sun King", Louis XIV.
That is also why HE had to appear in this particular painting.
See you on the 25th at McGowan Fine Art in Concord, NH from 5-7 pm!