Paintings gone to the dogs: Artist launches 'Dog Stalking' program

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 04:56 PM.

"I've had a lot of fun with this Dog Stalking project so far," said Wiesneth.

The artist plans to paint at least two dogs a month and more as time allows. Most painting are 11 by 14 or 8 by 10 inches.

At this time, she is focusing primarily on photos of dogs at the Walton County Animal Shelter, and this has involved several small rescue groups so far including Animal Rescuers of Florida, H.E.A.R.T. Animal Rescue, and The Rescued Rescuers.

"I love dogs," said Wiesneth, even though she is a cat owner.

Wiesneth said she is not sure why she chooses to paint dogs instead of cats, but it might be due to her owning cats while growing up, or it could be because in her experience, dog owners have proven much more likely to purchase a painting of their pet than a cat owner.

One rescue dog she painted from its online picture was adopted by the time she finished. She was told the dog was adopted by visitors to the area and had headed home to Alabama. Wiesneth has donated that painting to the Destin Woman's Club to be raffled during its "Hats for Hope" event this weekend that will benefit Shelter House, which now allows its intakes to bring their pets with them. See for more information. It will be at the table devoted to the new "Pet" program that Shelter House has started.

Another of Wiesneth's dog portraits making a public appearance is her "Boxing Doxie." Boxing Doxie is a painting she did for the Rescued Rescuers, a doxie rescue organization. Wiesneth digitized her rendering and the organization is using it on a T-shirt for its upcoming fundraiser at Hibiscus House in Grayton Beach on March 17. The T-shirts will be available for purchase.

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