Dog, says the Chinese Zodiac, is the symbol of loyalty and honesty. Well, we knew that, didn't we?
I created an image specifically for the Year of the Dog. Burton has been my muse lately. He has been following me around singing his Burton song, so I immediately thought of him and this Dog Year of 2018. And here is what each month might look like for him so far, and in the future:
February: Do whack-a-mole imitation at treat time, beat everyone to the couch, avoid baths at all cost.
March: Relent and get a bath - growl the entire time.
April: Avoid grooming at all cost, let another house dog touch me, keep a vigil for Dad until he comes home from work.
May: Spend time outside mediating all dog interactions whether they like it or not. Bark at rabbits.
June: Find the best shade, don't let anyone else near it. Sit with Dad on the yard glider.
July: High fives all around for treats, roll in the grass, sleep in the sun.
August: Lay low, stay cool, eat bugs, hide when wash tub is brought into the yard. Shed all available hair on body.
September: Catch leaves, catch high bouncing balls, watch for that sneaky UPS man.
October: Continually bark at people wearing strange costumes.
November: Get ready for hibernation, go back into avoid-bath mode,
December: Hide under covers, snuggle next to Mom on the couch, watch for squirrels at the bird feeders.
There you have it, the year of our silly Burton.
How I achieved this calendar look: I took an existing, unedited photo of Burton, cleaned it up, used Topaz Simplify on it and added a texture to the background. I downloaded a stock calendar page image, converted it to black and white and used Photoshop to place the calendar on the existing image of Burton using Multiply. I brought the opacity down to 45%, created a reveal layer and brushed off the calendar lines from Burton's image.
Happy Year of the Dog!
I am participating in the blog circle this week, so there are loads more photos to see. Start here with Kirsten Eitreim of KME Photography in Minneapolis, MN. Have a fun filled weekend!