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|Art in the "Bark"
|Go to any art festival and you're likely to see works usual and, perhaps, not so usual. But how often do you go to an art show and see dogs dressed in people costumes?
That's just the sort of thing visitors to Galesburg's "Art in the Park" saw over the weekend. Cindy and Kirby Pringle of rural Pesotum, Illinois -- near Champaign -- take photographs of their two dogs dressed in various costumes and in various settings, and then sell the prints at various shows.
Kirby Pringle tells WGIL it's not really as simple as getting their dogs costumes and hoping they "stay" for awhile.
"We dress our dogs up, and then we take a photograph of them," Mr. Pringle said. "Then we take a second photograph of human models, and then we blend those two photographs together, and we create dog people."
Pringle says it takes about a week to produce one photograph from start to finish, and that all in all, the photo shoots themselves only take about 10 minutes, and he admits that some work out better than others.
Cindy Pringle tells WGIL she and her husband have been doing this work for seven years or so now, and that if people had tails they could wag, they would, they like it so much. "It does seem like the kids and even adults -- even up to senior citizens -- will look at our photos and just start laughing," Ms. Pringle said. "And that's what we love to hear -- the sound of laughter when they see our photos."
The Pringles have used their photo-making abilities to create a series of children's books about a dog couple and their life on the farm called "Happy Tails."
So how are they able to get their dogs to pose for so many photos? Kirby Pringle says it's easy. Milk Bones. Lots of Milk Bones.
To view more of the Pringles' work, CLICK HERE.
(Kirby and Cindy Pringle pose with their dogs, Buster and Barney. Courtesy Dogtown Artworks. Copyright 2009, Dogtown Artworks/Cindy and Kirby Pringle.)
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