Two very different creatures pay close attention to very different things
I loved an orange cat for many years and am currently smitten by a very fine and loyal dog. Each earned a place in the family heart while displaying typical breed character. My family saw them as two very nice animals—but they didn’t like each other! The cat was feisty and the dog (just a big puppy) was too rough. That two so different animals might form a fast friendship seemed unlikely . . . or so it appeared to me until this newest commission showed otherwise.
With different outlooks on what’s important
Charlie likes to chase squirrels! But here he represents the very best in dogdom for his utter attention to people as he looks out from the canvas. Picolo on the other hand is attentive to the bird. One thing to value in cats is their independence–they find their own pleasure in their own way.
The joke is almost always on the cat
Canine and feline each have their wonderful qualities but they are very different creatures. Here’s a reminder of how big those differences are in these humorous takes on the subject. Trust and loyalty . . . Is it for suckers? Dogs and cats in the same situation will react so differently you’d think they were from different universes! Cats are independent creatures who don’t require you to love and appreciate them. Dogs are social and friendly, expressively happy and eager to earn your love.
Do you prefer one or the other?
In seeking the story before I began to plan and paint, the client sent a video; I watched as Charlie and Picolo teased and tumbled, nipped and rolled, cuffed and cuddled, then settled side by side to rest for their next bout. Some people are completely biased toward one or the other, viewing dogs as too submissive, fawning, needy and even a little stupid, or observing that cats are arrogant, wily, aloof, and a bit mean. But that’s unfair to both of these fine animals.
The big lesson is to get along!
Charlie and Picolo have found common ground to delight in their differences and still be friends. That is the story (and a lesson) told in this painting. Can’t we all just get along even if we don’t agree?