A well-dressed woman with a handsome hound by her side is always in fashion, a sentiment British artist Bridget Davies captures in her watercolour series, Walking the Dogs. Having taught fashion illustration and worked as a designer in Milan for several years, it’s no surprise her eye for aesthetic detail stayed with her when she returned to her first passion of painting. “Dogs are very pleasing to draw,” she says. “Fluffy or lean, small or large, brown or black, or sometimes even pink! There is a breed for every lady in my paintings.”
From puffball Pomeranians to svelte greyhounds, Davies pairs all types of pooches with elegant humans whose glamorous attire, bold colours and voluminous silhouettes are catwalk cool while showing off her talent for the untethered medium of water and paper. Fishnet tights, feather hats and fluffing fur are seemingly rendered with effortless ease. “What I like most about inks is how they have a mind of their own when you use a lot of water with them,” Davies says. “You and the ink have to act together, working in unison, courting chance in your journey towards your finished work.” Unpredictable it may be, in her delicate dance with chaos and control, Davies always lands on a stylish finish for the women of Walking the Dogs.
All artwork courtesy of Bridget Davies
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February 5, 2019