The joy of having pets in the art studio

Studio dogs, Lily and Rosie, sit in the studio of abstract artist, Claire Desjardins, in front of one of her paintings.

As an artist who immerses myself in the world of colors and creativity, I've discovered a source of inspiration and companionship that enriches my artistic journey in unexpected ways - my two furry friends, Iris and Tulip. These lovable companions, Iris the young and playful Havanese, and Tulip the spirited Westie mix, have become integral members of my studio space, bringing joy, laughter, and a unique perspective to my artistic process.

Studio dogs, Iris and Tulip, play in the painting studio of artist Claire Desjardins.

Unconditional support and presence

There's something remarkably comforting about having my two little companions by my side as I dive into the realm of my imagination. Whether I'm experimenting with new techniques or revisiting familiar themes, their presence offers a sense of calm and reassurance. Iris, with her boundless energy and puppy cuteness, infuses the studio with vitality, while Tulip's determined demeanor reminds me to stay focused and determined in my artistic pursuits.

Endless entertainment and inspiration

Abstract artist, Claire Desjardins, plays with her two dogs in her studio, in front of one of her colourful paintings.

The studio is never short of entertainment with Iris and Tulip around. Their playful antics and curious explorations often spark new ideas and perspectives in my work. Whether they're chasing each other around the room or investigating the colorful palettes scattered across the floor, their presence adds an element of spontaneity and joy to the creative process. Watching them embrace life with such enthusiasm reminds me to approach my art with a similar sense of wonder and curiosity.

A break from solitude

Herman dog, on couch, next to abstract painting by artist Claire Desjardins. He rests his head on the painter's Anthropologie cushion.

Creating art can sometimes be a solitary endeavor, but with Iris and Tulip by my side, I'm never truly alone. Their companionship breaks up the silence of the studio and provides moments of lightheartedness amidst moments of deep concentration. Even during moments of frustration or self-doubt, their wagging tails and eager gazes serve as a gentle reminder that I'm never alone on this artistic journey.

Embracing imperfection and authenticity

Dogs Lily and Rosie, beside an easel with a large painting by abstract painter Claire Desjardins. It's winter, and there is snow.

Just like my art, Iris and Tulip are far from perfect - and that's what makes them so endearing. Their quirks, idiosyncrasies, and occasional mischief remind me to embrace imperfection and find beauty in the unexpected. Whether it's Iris's penchant for stealing paintbrushes or Tulip's insistence on rearranging my supplies, their presence reminds me to approach my art with authenticity and vulnerability, unafraid to explore new territories and embrace the unexpected.

Puppy Iris stands tall in the studio of abstract painter, Claire Desjardins. Colourful abstract painting in background.

Welcoming pets into the studio isn't just about companionship - it's about embracing a deeper connection to the creative process and finding inspiration in the everyday moments of joy, laughter, and companionship. Iris and Tulip may be small in stature, but their presence looms large in the tapestry of my artistic journey, reminding me to approach my work with passion, curiosity, and a sense of playfulness.

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Love this blog topic Claire – I finally did get another pup presence as well – Varlwy – love him
In the studio with me ! Happy spring !


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