Dog hating hot air balloons

When the air is clear and not too windy people like to take hot air balloon trips and enjoy the nice views. Well, what is nice for the people on the balloons is not good for my dog and the holder of the leash. My dog goes crazy when he sees hot air balloons in the sky. The dog just wants to go somewhere where he can't see the balloons. I googled the thing and found out that many animals don't like balloons because they make some kind of irritating ultrasound noises that humans can't hear. I don't know if it really is the ultrasound or not, but my dog hates them. And he is not usually too jumpy about things.

So the inspiration came from my dogs behavior. The dog is portrayed on the left side of the painting. I was surprised how well the dog turned out. I mean, it looks a little like a rat but at least it looks like an animal. That's something after all. First, I thought of painting the dog from the front but decided to settle with the sideprofile, because I thought it would be easier. The tittle is Aviation Divides Opinions.

I did most of the painting by using just fingers and a rag. I did use brushes while I was doing the finishing touches. I nearly left out my ufo and gold paint, but just nearly. It just wouldn't be the same without those two elements, don't you think?


  1. I didn't notice your dog when I first saw the painting - but indeed it looks very much like R!

    The story behing the painting makes it much more meaningful. P likes!

  2. Dear P,
    The dog is quite small and not so noticable, so I understand you problem. I was afraid that making it bigger right away would leave me no room to correct possible little "mistakes". But my rodentdog turned out fine in the first try.

  3. My dog is interested in the hot air balloons and I understand her well. I think I can hear the ultrasound too. It sounds like breathing.

  4. Claudia,
    Your dog is not afraid of them then? My dog just goes nuts. Like a year ago he did not mind them at all, but now it's impossible to take him out while the balloons are there. I don't know what happened that made him behave like that.