Today we are going to Muse about dogs and art. If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.
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Dog gone it! What do you see?
Last month I wrote about Teddy, our Norfolk terrier, watching the Westminster Club Dog Show. If you want to see a little movie of him click the link below. He obviously was fascinated with the show. I thought it was because of the dogs. Perhaps it was.
However there is more to it than that. He genuinely likes to watch TV. He watches anything, news, dramas, advertisements . . .anything. He will even jump up on his stool and stare at the screen when the TV is off, hoping to see something.
It got me thinking about what dogs see. Here is what I learned.
According to Wikipedia, behavioural studies have shown that the dog’s visual world consists of yellows, blues and grays. They have difficulty differentiating red and green making their color vision equivalent to red–green color blindness in humans.
Dogs use color instead of brightness to differentiate light or dark blue/yellow. They are less sensitive to differences in grey shades than humans and also can detect brightness at about half the accuracy of humans.
The dog’s visual system has evolved to aid proficient hunting. Their visual discrimination for moving objects is very high. That is what interests Teddy on the TV: movement. On the other hand, their vision is not nearly as good when trying to discern stationary objects.
Earlier, when training Teddy, one of the games we used was to call him to “come” from a distant part of the house. The idea was to see how long it took him to find us. When I called him but sat motionless in a chair he would enter the room and it was obvious he did not see me, because I was stationary. Eventually he would find me, perhaps by smell.
Dogs are very perceptive about movement and can detect a change in movement that exists in a single diopter of space within their eye. Humans, by comparison, need a change of between 10 and 20 diopters to detect movement.
Dogs also show attraction to static visual images such as the silhouette of a dog on a screen, their own reflections, or videos of dogs; however, their interest declines sharply once they are unable to make social contact with the image.
Beach Club Members’ Art Exhibit
On a different note, last week the Beach Club held its Members’ Art Show. I had the privilege of being the Chair of the Art Committee. As such, I worked with the club to change the venue and the presentation. It years past the works had been displayed on easels lining the hallway leading to the ground floor dining room, with some works displayed in a room adjoining the dining room. It was poorly lit and difficult to see.
This year we held the show in the Garden Room on the second floor. We used some easels but we also employed panels to show the work.
In preparation the club included announcements and entry forms in three different monthly statements leading up to the show. The result was the largest number of entries in memory: 81. And a nice attendance.
Next year will be even better!
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