Art Has Gone To The Dogs

Mar 24, 2016 By Jake Brannon

Have you ever been walking through an art gallery and thought that you could have painted some of the pieces yourself? I mean, a giant blue square ... how hard could it be? And, hold on, they're asking HOW MUCH for it?! 

While I won't pretend to understand all of the intricacies and theories that go into art, it's no secret that some works of art look so simple that anyone could have painted them. If you've ever felt this way, you're not alone. In fact, Dagger the dog has had the exact same thought, which is what inspired him to begin painting. Well, it might not have happened quite like that, but this dog's work is better than some of the stuff you'd find in a museum. Dagger, who goes by "DogVinci" when he's painting, works primarily with watercolors. By gripping a modified paint brush in his mouth, Dagger is able to create beautiful, abstract designs on canvas.

Yvonne, Dagger's owner, said that his interest in painting started to form after he watched her paint. In an interview with ABC, she said that, "he just started nudging me, and I said, ‘Dagger do you want to paint?’ So his tail started to wag. I said, 'OK.'" And the rest was history. Dagger's paintings "fetch" around $50 apiece, but some have sold for as much as $200. The best part? All of the proceeds from his paintings go to help other companion dogs just like Dagger.

H/T: Yvonne Dagger

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