I love these dogs.
I LOVE these dogs.
They’re Folk Dogs by Bozeman, MT painter and graphic designer Abby McMillen.
Why do I love them so? Let me count the ways.
Rarely does one of McMillen’s Folk Dogs identify itself as any one particular breed — instead, they’re Everydog, a celebration of the “Heinz 57″ mutts so many of us know and love. Nevertheless, many of the dogs look strangely familiar to me, uncannily reminiscent of a dog I’ve known. These simple paintings, with their bold blocks of color and straight-on, close-up point of view, capture everything I love about dogs: their honesty, their raw emotion, their uncomplicated-ness. To me, their eyes look nearly human — perhaps in homage to the profound relationships we’re able to create with these animals?
Anyway, they make me very happy.
Awesome organic dog treat company Barkwheats must like the Folk Dogs a whole lot, too, ’cause they’re featuring the Dogs on their new packaging set to release next month. McMillen does accept commissions, and she donates a portion of each commission to Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter.
You can check out McMillen’s Folk Dog gallery and blog at her site. If Folk Dogs might make someone you know happy, too, send them a link to this post!
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