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Pencils & greyhounds2019-03-22T14:52:10+00:00

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and by the way helps the animal shelter who work hard for them

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We started a new path, a new section in Pencils and Galgos which we have called “Bruja”..
After giving many names, this seemed the most appropriate.
 
Our barcino girl was a friend of all, good and not so good, … any human, any dog, was the object of greeting, for her there was no distinction of race, or gender, wanted to have a large family , a broad social circle, so, what better name for this new path.
 
In memory of our Bruja (Witch), we started a new journey.
WORKS

The project

There are places within the peninsula where greyhounds
are called “pencils” because of  their long nose,
which happens to be a great nickname.n.

Many years ago, we were thinking about adopting a dog. So, we started researching adoptions, dogs, and animal shelters, until e discovered about serious pet abandonment problem that exists here in Spain. We already knew a bit about it, but we couldn’t have imagined the magnitude of the problem. It isn’t just the abandonment, It’s the cruelty inflicted on the animals, especially greyhounds.

We had to delay the adoption issue some years, but finally our lives crossed with a six year-old greyhound named May.

This union made us feel closer to this breed’s  dramatic situation, and to the people who pick up the pieces left from the physical and emotional  damage done to the animals.

The need to collaborate in some way has become a must.

A while ago, I struck up a cordial relationship with a pencil. We had a mutual respect for one another, which became increasingly more sincere and genuine as time went on. Anyway, we concluded that perhaps we could create a series of greyhound portraits (interestingly enough, greyhounds are called “pencil face” in some parts of the Iberian Peninsula) and sell them if they came out decent-quality. The money earned would be donated to any “protector”. It wasn’t much, but it was better than nothing.

A while ago a friend looking at May said, “you look as if you were carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders”. Yep, that was exactly it, and I hadn’t even seen it.

I wish I could have relieved that burden

The project

There are places within the peninsula where greyhounds
are called “pencils” because of  their long nose,
which happens to be a great nickname.n.

Many years ago, we were thinking about adopting a dog. So, we started researching adoptions, dogs, and animal shelters, until e discovered about serious pet abandonment problem that exists here in Spain. We already knew a bit about it, but we couldn’t have imagined the magnitude of the problem. It isn’t just the abandonment, It’s the cruelty inflicted on the animals, especially greyhounds.

We had to delay the adoption issue some years, but finally our lives crossed with a six year-old greyhound named May.

This union made us feel closer to this breed’s  dramatic situation, and to the people who pick up the pieces left from the physical and emotional  damage done to the animals.

The need to collaborate in some way has become a must.

A while ago, I struck up a cordial relationship with a pencil. We had a mutual respect for one another, which became increasingly more sincere and genuine as time went on. Anyway, we concluded that perhaps we could create a series of greyhound portraits (interestingly enough, greyhounds are called “pencil face” in some parts of the Iberian Peninsula) and sell them if they came out decent-quality. The money earned would be donated to any “protector”. It wasn’t much, but it was better than nothing.

A while ago a friend looking at May said, “you look as if you were carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders”. Yep, that was exactly it, and I hadn’t even seen it.

I wish I could have relieved that burden

Works for sale

FRAMED WORK

Unique pieces

Work done on paper Caballo 109 Satin 250 gr / m2.
Technique: watercolor colored pencils Caran d’Ache Supracolor.

Light wood frame 40 x 50 cm protected with glass and mounted on cardboard Matted acid free neutral pH.

Each work, signed and authenticated, is prepared for delivery in a very special packaging.

UNIQUE TECHNIQUE

Pencils

A thorough and realistic work technique
made with the incredible color gamut of
Caran d’Ache Supracolor and Caran D’Ache Luminance 6901.

Illustrations made with all the love and passion
of someone who wants to capture his gaze and his soul.

This way we prepare and package the orders for your shipment

We love to take care of details
LA AUTORA

Elena López Valero, Madrid-born illustrator, layout editor, designer and creator, no matter how much  she denies it.

Mythagos Visual Communication Study Co-founder of more than  twenty five years.

But, over all, a living creatures lover, and a fighter for their rights, denied so many times. She shares her life with May, a shy, skittish and wonderful greyhound…like herself.

Why?

Every year, the end of the hunting season leaves
more than 40.000 greyhounds abandoned in our country.
We hope to use this project to expose  the problem and make people conscious of it.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the works is donated to animal shelters.

The pencil is a common household item that we assume will always be there… but its history is full of wonders, secrets and wars.
Read it.

Let’s talk about the Spanish greyhound, where they come from, how long they have been  with us, and what makes them so special, beyond their sad current situation.

The pencil is a common household item that we assume will always be there… but its history is full of wonders, secrets and wars.
Read it.

Let’s talk about the Spanish greyhound, where they come from, how long they have been  with us, and what makes them so special, beyond their sad current situation.

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