Poster Image

Ears Flapping in Wind


Item#: 2010SYR05

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11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Ears Flapping in Wind

poster information


Ears flapping in wind
trying to keep the dog's pace
walking me instead

I saw the Poster Project advertised, and I thought it would be something creative, and I decided to try it out. I had written a few poems before—actually, one is not a good story. Working at a retail store about 12 years ago, I was robbed at closing time. A couple of days later, I just sat down and wrote a poem about it. I guess it was therapeutic.

The haiku was about a better experience. This past year, I did some pet sitting and dog walking. I noticed that when you click the leash on a dog's collar, they're raring to go and take right off. One dog in particular was around 11 years old. She just kept trotting along and didn't stop. Even though I didn't know the way, she did. She was on a mission.

I am a dog lover. I have a shih tzu at home named Buster who has been the subject of many of my paintings. In high school, I earned money by painting dog portraits, so when I read this haiku, it seemed like the perfect fit for me.

The dog depicted differs from a typical dog portrait because instead of painting a real dog, I invented a breed of my own. Since the haiku begins with “Ears flapping in wind,” I had to choose a dog with floppy ears. I searched for pictures of basset hounds, but it needed to be a big dog in order to walk its owner. The final creation is a cross between a basset hound and a Great Dane. I chose a small girl as the dog walker to emphasize the humor of the haiku.