Artist Sue Clancy sees fine art – and the genre of Animals/dogs in Art - as one way of practicing good mental health and happiness. Featuring all kinds of dog breeds Sue Clancy whimsically combines man's best friend and many of life’s pleasant experiences by drawing them using a dip pen, a brush and Sumi ink
For each of the artworks in this book Sue Clancy thought of “something pleasant” and created a dog-character to help describe that pleasantness. By whimsically combining attributes of a dog breed with an activity she has enjoyed she accents the pleasant feelings. Each dog featured here was drawn in ink using a dip pen and a brush on handmade paper sized 6.75 x 4.5 inches.
The book “Dogs by Sue Clancy” is intended to support Sue Clancy's fine art gallery exhibits. It is also intended as an art exhibit between book covers – which is why it is a largely wordless book – and because it is in a book format separate from any particular art exhibit it exists as yet another work of art by the artist.
More than an exhibit catalog or a collection of reproductions of a body of artistic works the book “Dogs by Sue Clancy” is an artist book organized around an artistic idea: collecting pleasant thoughts and describing those thoughts using imaginary dog characters (based on a real-life dog breed) in order to highlight the pleasant feelings. This idea has its roots in healthy mental health habits and the practice of happiness; creating gratitude lists, purposefully turning ones thoughts toward pleasant things, playing with ones imagination, and a meditative practice of enjoying time, memory, attention and whimsy. Dogs were selected as characters because for Sue Clancy dogs of all breeds represent a joyful exuberant delight at being alive.