Did you know dogs like computers too? I didn’t either, but when I saw the the photo my long time college friend Lynda Darnutzer Brownson posted on Face Book of her Champion Dalmatian Reggie checking his Tulsa Town Hall Face Book page on his laptop, I knew I had to reinterpret him as an art quilt to help Lynda celebrate her latest birthday. Even though miles and years separate us since our college years at Washington U in St. Louis, we have maintained a tradition of gift exchanges on our birthdays.
Reggie’s talents go beyond his Champion dog show status, he is a Renaissance Dog on so many levels. He is often the FACE on Face Book for Tulsa Town Hall* and for Tulsa Reads** (seen below with Lynda enjoying Anna Quindlen’s book “Good Dog. Stay.“). He visits the ill in hospitals, is a new father of 5 pups, and just added another accolade to his long list of wins in the dog show ring. He was awarded Best of Breed at the Bartlesville Kennel Club Dog Show (April 13, 2013).
My art quilt demonstrates his computer skills…..what can he not do?? A true wonder dog!
Using Lynda’s photo, I drew the black and white images on my iPad Tracing Paper app. I printed the image onto fabric on my home printer, added hand and machine stitching, and appliqued red background fabric to frame the black and white images.
*Tulsa Town Hall is a non-profit group that has been bringing well known speakers of all genres to Tulsa, Oklahoma every year for the past 75 years. https://tulsatownhall.com/
**Tulsa Reads is a community wide reading a community-wide reading initiative jointly sponsored by the Tulsa City-County Library System, Tulsa Town Hall, the Tulsa World, and the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers. https://www.facebook.com/TulsaReads