Pet lovers paint portraits of their pooches

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 4:21pm
  • News

MARYSVILLE – Animal lovers let their creative juices flow on Saturday, capturing their pet’s personality on canvass at a Paint Your Pooch paint ‘n sip hosted by Marysville Dog Owners Group.

And, okay, the hand-painted portraits wouldn’t fetch “Dogs Playing Poker” dollars at an auction, but what the amateur artists did produce were surprisingly good paintings of their furry family members to own and enjoy.

The fundraiser to support M-DOG and Strawberry fields for Rover Off-Leash Park was held at Whitewall Brewing Co. in Marysville, which also chipped in proceeds from beer and beverage sales.

The art session was guided by Marysville artist Aletha Tatge, owner of Revealed Lines. She emphasizes the therapeutic healing and relaxation that come through the ark-making process as much as the freedom of expression, a message she shares at painting parties, workshops and classes.

Participants emailed a photo of their pet in advance to Tatge. She sketched a rough outline onto canvass, then provided a palette with dabs of acrylic paint to match their dog’s – or cat’s – head shot.

Some participants brought their leashed dogs, who socialized with other dogs and kept an eye on their owner’s painting progress. Other attendees enjoyed an afternoon of sipping suds while letting loose their skills with a brush.

Katrina Nickolan of Marysville said the painting session was a wonderful experience, “Bringing together a diverse group of people for a great cause and letting us explore our creative sides.”

Art has been a hobby of Nickolan’s since childhood. Although this was her first time using acrylics, her natural talent showed in the rich shades of detail she painted of her 14-year-old female mix, Miko.

“Aletha is a great instructor that really gets you to work outside your comfort zone and push your boundaries,” Nickolan said.

At the end of the session, participants had finished portraits of their four-legged friends.

While Miko’s aging hips keep her from going to the dog park these days, she enjoyed visits when Nickolan first moved to Marysville. Nickolan will treasure her painting and the memories that will go with it, just as soon as she frames and hangs it.

“Right now it’s in our dining room on the sideboard and it gives me a chuckle to see Miko sitting under it!” she said.

More in News

Arlington craftsman keeps alive the sound of the mountain dulcimer

ARLINGTON – When John Ellis of Arlington sits in his back yard… Continue reading

Strikerz bowling scores big at Angel of the Winds Casino

ARLINGTON – Stillaguamish Tribe families broke in the lanes Wednesday at the… Continue reading

Feds investigate fatal plane crash near Arlington Airport

MARYSVILLE — Federal investigators were at the scene Thursday of a fatal… Continue reading

Steve Powell/Staff Photos
                                The Arlington Fly-In brings all types of planes to town, above.
Arlington Fly-In brings back sky-high fun Aug. 16-18

ARLINGTON – The sound of vintage aircraft in the skies over Arlington,… Continue reading

Suspect in alleged vehicular assault sought

MARYSVILLE – Police are seeking help in finding a vehicular assault suspect.… Continue reading

Angel of the Winds Casino: A sneak peek at resort’s game-changing expansion

Stillaguamish Tribe rolls out “Hyperbowling,” more gaming; concert venue, upscale cuisine coming soon

Police arrest man in Arlington kidnapping attempt; teen fought off, broke free from attacker

ARLINGTON –Police arrested a 45-year-old Arlington man Monday after he allegedly tried… Continue reading

Vehicle hurts 3 waiting at Marysville bus stop

MARYSVILLE — A grandmother and her two granddaughters were transported to a… Continue reading

Marysville K9 officer helps catch duo with warrants

MARYSVILLE – K9 officer Steele helped Marysville police nab two suspects with… Continue reading

Most Read