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Cool Dog in a Cool Car

Cool Boston Terrier, Ink & watercolor
Cool Boston Terrier, Ink & watercolor

This very hip and cool Boston Terrier was watching me with one eye and watching his hip and cool owners with the other from the open window of their cool 1960’s era blue Cadillac. The two guys were wearing hip and cool hats while digging for cool stuff from a dumpster containing items from a remodeling job at the of the Longs Drugs at El Cerrito Plaza.

I’m always drawn to cool stuff in dumpsters or left out on the street, but have to work hard to control those pack rat tendencies since I’ve seen how that turns out (with a certain family member who shall remain anonymous). Unless a found item is something that I need and would buy if it was in the store, I leave it be. I remind myself that I’m NOT a sculptor who makes things from found objects and that I don’t need to bring home someone else’s garbage, regardless of how cool it might be.

To draw the dog I first sketched in pencil from a photo I took of the dog, and then inked with another pen I was testing: the Prismacolor Premier series Fine Line Marker. It came in a set of five pens with varying points from .005 to .08. They’re “permanent, acid-free, lightfast, water-resistant and archival.” I used the .01 and .05 and found them to be comfortable to hold and smooth to draw with.

10 replies on “Cool Dog in a Cool Car”

I am not for sure which is more intriguing, the fact that you are a fellow dumpster diver or that you have given me the name of yet another pen that I want. Love the face on this pup. Beautifully done.


I love the dog. Very cool.

Did you make it to the state fair here in Sacramento? Hopefully, you got some good subjects there.



Hi Jana, Thanks. I haven’t made it yet but I’m still hoping things will settle down, family-wise though that doesn’t seem to be the case at the moment and that the weather cools off. Otherwise it will have to wait until next year. Jana


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