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John Weiss - No Swimming Lessons Today -  ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop


          No Swimming Lessons Today
by John Weiss

$395.00

ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS
Limited Edition of: 86
Image Size: 21"w x 16"h.
Published: November 2011







Dogs are man’s best friend but dogs’ best friend may be John Weiss, who has immortalized them with artistry and sensitivity in Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Editions for nearly thirty years. The Anniversary Edition "No Swimming Lessons Today" features one of Weiss’ beloved breeds and most popular. Nearly all his Lab editions are in low inventory or Sold Out at Publisher.

“The Labrador etriever is a very powerful swimmer,” he says, “known for recovery work in all kinds of water conditions including extreme cold. They were originally bred to work alongside fisherman, helping to pull in nets and catch fish. Eventually they were cross-bred with other breeds such as setters and spaniels and what we know as a Lab today became a prized game retriever for hunters and has a famously even temperament.”

The setting for this painting is Marblehead on Lake Erie. “There’s a beautiful lighthouse and rocks that overlook the lake,” Weiss explains, “but every time there’s a nor’easter, you get tremendous waves coming in. Mom was going to take the pup in for a lesson, but the waves are too big, so there are no swimming lessons today.”

Indulge your love of Labs and motherhood with this classic John Weiss Anniversary Edition of Labrador retrievers waiting out Mother Nature.




John Weiss
“My career is a love affair,” says John Weiss. “The love of God and the talent He’s given me, the love of life, the love of my subject matter. And the love of sharing all of these gifts with others through paintings and the stories they tell.” Weiss developed his appreciation for man’s best friend during his childhood in Akron, Ohio. “I’ve always loved dogs,” John says. “When I was a little boy my aunt Marian bought me a National Geographic book on dogs and I dove into it.” His father was a draftsman to whom John credits his disciplined approach to art. He drew throughout his childhood and developed his skill in high school art classes. On a trip to Maine, he saw an exhibit of Andrew Wyeth’s work, which inspired him to pursue art while attending Kent State University. After college, Weiss went into the landscape business. With the support of his wife, Tammy, he began painting full time. “I’m essentially self-taught,” he says, “having studied the work of artists I admire and learn from their methods and techniques. Experience is the best teacher.” John has painted some of the most important dogs of our time, having the joy and privilege of meeting and making many four-legged friends worldwide, and his avid and loyal collectors include many prominent families. John was commissioned by Lady Barlow to paint a portrait of a dog that was subsequently presented to Queen Elizabeth. Other notable collectors include as Jane Firestone, and John’s sketch of her German Shepard, Hatter, (the winningest dog in show dog history), is part of the AKC Museum of the Dog in St. Louis’ permanent collection. Weiss is recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the Cover of the Year award from the National Dog Writers Association, U.S. Art magazine’s Artist to Watch as well as the top print of the year honors. John’s artwork is reproduced as calendars, mugs, notepads, Christmas cards and notecards. “I paint for the love of dogs the many emotions they share. Some paintings are deeper emotional metaphors than other, but my hope is that they each capture the joy and encouragement of their faithful subjects. I’m truly blessed to be able to paint every day, and am thrilled to share my enjoyment with others through my work.”

 

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