Smart Doggie – part of a series of photographs in collaboration with my West Highlands White Terrier – “Tiki”.
Tiki, a rescue from a southern puppy mill, came in to our lives just when I was starting to have more time to dedicate to my photography. As the rest of the family seemed to run from my camera and modeling duties, or were simply busy, it was just Tiki and I in the studio.
Tiki immediately took to the studio and the treats that were offered. Even today if I pull out my studio lights, Tiki gets excited and sits where he thinks the photograph might occur.
Once when setting up an assignment photo for a Halloween shoot, Tiki wandered into the set and sat. So of course I had to give him a mask and snap the shot.
More and more images ensued. Tiki as a Broadway Actor. Tiki as Aladdin. Tiki as a ballerina. Many images were inspired by finds in the baby clothing section of the local thrift shop.
Eventually many of the Tiki the Westie series were compiled in the little gift book “The Quotable Westie” which can be purchase via CreateSpace or Amazon. https://www.createspace.com/4070210
Westies or more officially West Highlands White Terriers are an adorable breed of dog. Small, smart, loyal, and ferocious, this Scottish breed is all terrier and you won’t forget it if a chipmunk is around.
Here are some highlight photographs from the “Quotable Westie” sessions for the small gift book. Prints are available as well as images printed on tote bags and other products. See the entire portfolio of westie photographs and art work by fine art photographer, Edward M. Fielding by clicking the link below.
Tiki the Westie is a wonderful model who works for kibble. He’ll sit in position under the studio lights until he hears the “ok” and he gets his treat.
A smart dog breed for sure. Knows his name as well as many word commands such as sit, car, ride, walk, dinner, treat, food, tick etc.
Always up for an adventure and places to sniff and explore. Keep this breed on a leash as a random chipmuck can sent them flying off into the woods. And these little dogs are fast on their feet!
The West Highland White Terrier, commonly known as the Westie is a breed of dog from Scotland with a distinctive white harsh coat with a somewhat soft white undercoat. The modern breed is descended from a number of breeding programs of white terriers in Scotland before the 20th century. Edward Donald Malcolm, 16th Laird of Poltalloch, is credited with the creation of the modern breed from his Poltalloch Terrier, but did not want to be known as such.
Westies are often featured In advertising by companies such as Cesar dog food and Scottish whisky Black & White. It is a medium-sized terrier, although with longer legs than other Scottish breeds of terrier. It has a white double coat of fur which fills out the dog’s face, giving it a rounded appearance. The breed can be good with children, but does not always tolerate rough handling. The Westie is an active and intelligent breed, and is social with a high prey drive, as they were once used to hunt rodents.
The life of a super dog model is not all bones and biscuits. Sure some days the kibble rains down and luck shines but some days its a bad hair cut and stupid wardrobe.
“Just Chillin'” is just one of hundreds of photographs that Tiki the Westie has modeled for in fine art photographer, Edward M. Fielding’s series of dog photographs.
Some of the best Tiki the Westie supermodel photographs have been collected in this small gift book called “the Quotable Westie” and is available on Amazon and direct from the publisher CreateSpace – https://www.createspace.com/4070210
“This modeling thing, it’s pretty easy, but actually it’s also really tough” – Cara Delevingne
“I was successful and I enjoyed modeling, but it got to a point where I felt like I had ‘been there, done that.’ I wanted something that would inspire me and challenge me. I needed something that required more creativity. I started writing and I started auditioning. Simply posing in front of the camera was no longer enough.” – Julia Voth
“Modeling, for me, isn’t about being beautiful but creating something interesting for people to look at and think about.” – Kylie Bax
“I think the only reason I wanted to do modeling, really, was because I knew I wasn’t ready to act; I knew I didn’t have enough life experience, and I knew that doing photo shoots was a way of acting. Playing a character each shoot and being able to just emerge yourself in these awkward experiences – it was amazing.” – Dree Hemingway
“I didn’t mean to be a TV presenter, I just hated modeling. It feels very odd that it’s turned into this ‘It-girl’ thing. What does that even mean? I wear clothes and I go out. It’s so weird.” Alexa Chung
WASHING THE DOG TIPS
1. Sometimes getting a job done is as simple as having the right tools, and bathing your dog is no exception. An indoor pet spray that attaches to your sink faucet or shower head makes bathing your dog easier to manage. The spray is gentle enough for a small dog.
2. If you must bathe your dog indoors, getting him into the tub may be a job in itself, let alone bathing him once he’s there. To help in the effort, purchase a dog bath helper that has a mini lead attached to a suction cup that sticks to the bottom or side of the tub. The suction cup can be easily removed once your dog is squeaky clean.
3. When rinsing the soap from your dog’s coat, use a one part vinegar to four parts water solution to leave his coat shiny and clean.
4. If your dog just doesn’t like the water, use a waterless shampoo that must be applied then lathered into his coat until a foam appears. Brush and towel-dry with a blow-dryer.
5. If you prefer, give your dog a dry bath to remove any odors when it’s too cold to bathe him. Rub some baking soda into your dog’s coat, gently massage it in, then brush it out.
6. To help give a small dog a bath, place a small window screen across the sink in which you want to bathe him. The screen will give your dog something to stand on, and, because the bath and rinse water flow beneath it, will prevent him from having to stand in water.
7. If you want to give your dog some extra help in the self-cleaning department but don’t want to stress him by subjecting him to a bath, use pet cleansing wipes to remove dander and
saliva from his coat. The product, made from all-natural ingredients, leaves your dog’s coat clean and healthy looking.
8. If your dog comes into contact with chewing gum, remove it by rubbing an ice cube on the gum until it hardens and can be pulled out, then wash the area thoroughly.
9. If your dog walks on tar, remove it by rubbing butter or margarine on the tarred area until the tar softens and can be pulled off. Repeat if necessary, then bathe your dog’s feet.
10. If your dog rubs against oil-based paint, wipe it off immediately with a dry cloth, then bathe him. If the paint has dried and hardened, cut it out, then bathe your dog.
11. If your dog doesn’t like the sound of spray conditioner after his bath, spray the conditioner on a brush, then run the brush through his hair.
Just as a new circus opens in Washington, D.C. including an oranged haired boss clown, its sad to see the closing of an American Institution – the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus. For more than 100 years the circus provided an escape for people across the spectrum. An exciting event of thrills and laughs.
PETA is claiming a victory of shutting down yet another treasure of our collective memories. But I don’t see putting the hundreds of entertainers – clowns, aerial artists, gymnastic, horseback riders, trainers, artist, musicians, wranglers, riggers, teamsters etc. out of work and disappointing the next generation by removing yet another source of live entertainment. It’s ok kids, you can watch old clips of the circus on your phones – it’s just like being there! Just imagine the smells, the taste of cracker jack, begging your parents for a flashy light and inflatable elephant. Better yet, have three phones going at the same time and flip your head back and forth as you try to take all of the action in at once among the three rings.
“The circus is a place where horses, ponies and elephants are permitted to see men, women and children acting the fool.” – Ambrose Bierce
“Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung.” – P. T. Barnum
If PETA, the international terror group, had their way, all joy in life and culture would be squeezed out until a meager existance of playing checkers with rocks by the light of a soybean candle is all that is left.
No lobster dinners, no fishing, no hunting, no shoes, no belts, no fishtank, no pets…good grief where does it end?
“The circus allows one to be logical and unreal at the same time. In the circus, all is possible: there can be a man with two heads or a character with a green face.” – Fernando Botero
Taking young kids to the circus was kind of like, well…a three ring circus. I recall going to the Ringling Bros. circus in Boston with my elementary school child. We arrived just as the opening number was starting and it was a full blown, over the big top, sensory overload explosion of sight, sounds and smells. Then there was the carnival barker or major league sports aspect of the hawkers selling all kinds of food and flashy souvenir trinkets. Every where you looked something was competing for your attention and your wallet.
A less over the top experience was found at the Big Apple circus which comes our way every once in a while. Big Apple is a more traditional, one ring circus with traditional acts and Grandma clown. At bit less over the top and easier on the pocket book. Maybe this size circus will have a future post Ringling Bros. A more compact, easier to move, circus with few seats to fill and less mouths to feed.
Portrait of a Westie – Fine Art America’s bestselling westie dog portrait
Portrait of a Westie – When “Portrait of a Westie” by Edward M. Fielding was selected as one of the featured artwork on the homepage of Fine Art America, a bestseller was born. Link
Selected by the staff of Fine Art America among the 100,000s of thousands of photograph and artwork within the portfolios of over 125,000 living artist, “Portrait of a Westie” was granted a rare award and a place of home on the home page of Fine Art America.
This is one of the most popular configurations of “Portrait Of A Westie Dog” that is purchase on the Fine Art America site:
What if you had a great product to sell but it was invisible? How would you describe it to potential buyers? How about you get them to see how the wonderful qualities of the product? How would you attract potential buyers to said invisible product?
Selling products like artwork and fine art photographs online is much like selling an invisible product, because people search the Internet by using text based search engines. Sure there are image search features on search engines like Google but for the most part buyers search using text.
Even within an online gallery like Fine Art America, text searches are used to bring up a selection of artwork and fine art photographs from the massive database.
If a buyer can’t find your art, they can’t buy it. It’s as simple as that.
Keywords are the key to buyers finding your work
One of the most basic ways for your artwork and fine art photography to be found is via keywords. Keywords are descriptive words used to describe the image.
In essence you are trying to guess what word or words a potential buyer would use to find your artwork.
Another word for it: Index term, a term used as a keyword to retrieve documents in an information system such as a catalog or a search engine
Usually online art galleries or databases require anywhere from 10 to 50 keywords. You should start off with the first words that come to mind when looking at an image. What words would you used to classify the image on your computer to find it again in the future?
This quick, top of mind words are going to be the most valuable. For example, this photograph of a dog taking a photograph in the studios.
Right off the top of my head I’m going to think: dog, camera
Then I’m going to start getting more detailed and try to describe the image further with more detailed description words like:
Unlike self cleaning cat owners, dog owners know that if you have a dog, you know they need a bath once in a while. And if you have a dog who likes to dig or roll in smelly stuff, you know that they will need a bath often. And then if you have a white dog like a Westie or West Highlands White Terrier, you know they need a bath even more often.
“Dirty Dog Laundry Soap” is a vintage looking image featuring photograph, artist and designer, Edward M. Fielding’s westie named “Tiki” who is often employed as a model for his photographs.
Washing a Small Dog
My twenty pound ball of white fur actually enjoys his bath. I fill up the kitchen sink with warm water and he sits right down in it. I use the sprayer to direct the water around and avoid his ears.
After a shampoo and rinse, I wrap him in a towel and try to get most of the water off. Then he gets a rub down. Next he is let loose (outside preferable if it is warm enough and I put the towel down on the ground. He shakes off and then proceeds to go crazy on the town rubbing his face and ears on it.
And I all most forgot the most important thing about bathtime. The treat at the end. If you train your dog to work for a treat, they won’t have any problem with bath time.
Buy the book – “the Quotable Westie”
Supermodel “Tiki the Westie” stars as photographer Edward M. Fielding’s inspirational muse for this series of dog photographs. Tiki takes on multiple personas including old Broadway actors, Aladdin as in One Thousand and One Nights and Jack Nicholson in The Last Detail. Accompanying quotes from writers, comedians and other notable humans round out the photographs…
The Quotable Westie: Supermodel “Tiki the Westie” stars as photographer
Edward M. Fielding’s inspirational muse
for this series of dog photographs. Tiki
takes on multiple personas including old
Broadway actors, Aladdin as in One
Thousand and One Nights and Jack
Nicholson in The Last Detail.
Accompanying quotes from writers,
comedians and other notable humans
round out the photographs and includes
this tongue in cheek gem from Jerry
“People who dress up their pets to look
like Little Lord Fauntleroys or cowboys,
clowns, ballerinas. As if it’s not enough
just to be a dog or cat or turtle.”
Tiki does indeed appear as a clown, Little
Lord Fauntleroy and a balleriana but
Fielding and Tiki seem to know that its
enough just to be a dog but they obviously
have a lot of fun together dreaming up new
characters to play.
Pugs: Fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding follows up on his popular “the Quotable Westie” dog photography book with a look at comical, lovable pugs full of character and humor.
Pugs of all shapes and sizes from cute puppies to full sized adults with poses ranging from irresistible cuteness to plenty of attitude.
This small art book direct from the artist makes a great gift for pet lovers and pug owners.
About the Author/Photographer: Edward M. Fielding’s work has graced the covers of best selling novels, galleries and in magazines. His ability to charm dogs into posing for him in the studio has earned him the reputation of a dog whisperer. Pugs with their constant motion have probably been the biggest challenge yet in this series of funny dog portraits.