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Art of the Day: Sunday August 01, 2004

Color and Motion: Lazarus Party Pup

- by Jenny Doss

This week's theme: The Dog Days of Summer

The Dog Days of Summer

1 : the period between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs in the Northern Hemisphere
2 : a period of stagnation or inactivity

The brightest star in the constellation Canis Major ("the big dog") is Sirius. It is also the brightest start in the night sky. In the summer Sirius rises and sets with the sun. The ancients believed that the heat of the "dog star" added to the heat of the sun thus creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. Thus, the 20 days before the conjunction between the sun and Sirius to 20 days after were called the "dog days." The Dog Days of Summer occur between July 3 and August 11 this year.

-Melissa Morton


Art: Color and Motion: Lazarus Party Pup by Artist Jenny Doss
Part of my "Color and Motion" pop series, this was painted for my "Dog Days of Summer" project, but I wanted to give it to Melissa Morton since she provided such an awesome photo of her baby Laz. (See the reference photo below)

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Detail Image for art Color and Motion: Lazarus Party Pup

Detail Image for art Color and Motion: Lazarus Party Pup

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