We can’t deny that the COVID-19 quarantine brought out something in all of us. For others, the pandemic became an opportunity to revisit their passion and to exercise their creativity with all the extra time they have at home.
And for those who are natural artists, it’s an opportunity for them to share with the entire world their brilliant minds. One of these people is artist Eliza Reinhardt. And for her creative works, she made sure to involve her sidekick, an Australian Shepherd named Finn.
Eliza and Finn teamed up and did an excellent collaboration. Using only the available materials and items at home, they created paintings by famous artists and of different genres.
The Getty Museum Challenge, where art enthusiasts can recreate famous pieces using items around their homes, inspired Eliza. When she learned about it, she probably gave her dog a look and thought, why not? It was an excellent way to overcome boredom at home, anyway.
For the first piece, Eliza and Finn recreated Mather Brown’s ‘Lady with a Dog.’ Perhaps it was the easiest of them all, as she already has a dog as a partner.
She took it quite literally by posing as a woman with her dog. It was simple, but it gets the message across. She thought she took that one too seriously, so she decided to level things up in her future paintings.
But you can tell by Eliza’s way of thinking that she is a true artist. She realized that she doesn’t have to limit Finn to being a dog, that he can be anything – from a vase or any inanimate object or another prop. After that, her art took off instantly!
It didn’t take long before Reinhardt started recreating a new painting every day, making sure to inject ingenuity and originality in every image. Soon after, a simple pastime became a long-term activity for her and Finn.
Now, the duo was able to create tons of recreated artworks, from portraits to more complex abstract and impressionist paintings such as Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night.’
Eliza shares that she takes around four to six hours composing and posing for the images, and it may take at least six hours for more complex designs such as abstract and surreal paintings. But looking at the pictures and how they turned out to be, we think that the investment is worth it!
Indeed, Eliza’s take on the Getty Museum Challenge was a success. But what made it more inspiring was her rough beginning and the journey she had to take to get her where is she is now.
Eliza only took art classes when she was 18 years old, and on top of that, suffered a brain injury that caused her severe memory loss. She picked up drawing during those challenging times since she couldn’t remember the other subjects she learned in the past.
But Reinhardt wasn’t always the creative type. She didn’t take art classes until she was 18 and suffered a brain injury, which caused severe memory loss.
She then picked up drawing since she couldn’t remember the other subjects she tackled in the past. Art helped her strengthen her creative mind and overcome what happened to her. She also admits that getting things started during the pandemic was a slow process, but everything else fell into place when she finally gained momentum.
As for her dog, Finn, he was such an incredible partner who likes to involve himself in her projects. Despite being an anxious dog, Finn’s hardworking personality and how he took the task seriously left an impression on her.
The costumes are a bonus because they help him feel more relaxed and calm. Plus, the treats helped a lot, too!
Learn more about Eliza Reinhardt’s story by watching this video: