Amazing Dog Trio


Completed: October, 2015
Dimensions: 17.5” x 12”
Edition Size: 100 Prints
Paper: Somerset Enhanced 330 GSM – Archival (100% Cotton-Rag)
Media: Giclee Fine Art Print


When I envision clowns, I think of them as special visitors who could bring laughter and fun into our hearts. Dressed in ornate and colorful clothes, containing every color in the rainbow, they heal us with laughter, as we are delighted by their foolish acts. Through their performances, we are led to transformation, to treat all with respect, and to serve in our community.

This clown is dressed in a beautiful quilted blouse, striped pantaloons, an ornate collar, and a pointed hat with a blue pompom, ready for his performance. His pets are also dressed in matching hats and collars for the stage. He gently pets his dogs as the group anticipates going out into the ring.

AMAZING DOG TRIO- Giclee Printing
In January, 2015, the Studio of John August Swanson re-acquired Swanson’s 1987 Multi-Media (Watercolor and Metallic paints) painting, AMAZING DOG TRIO. On February 2, 2015, the Studio scanned the 12″ x 9″ painting at 1300 DPI. Swanson began working with the image to adapt it as a giclee print edition, first changing the the dimensions to 17.5″ x 12″, so they would match other artworks in his series of Clowns: STAR CLOWN, PAPAGENO, GOOSE WITH THE GOLDEN EGG, and CRIMSON CLOWN.Swanson continued trying new ideas to enhance the artwork, including experiments he subsequently reversed. The size of the figure of the clown was reduced to increase it’s similarity to the other artworks in the clown series; Swanson hand painted a new rug and curtains, and layers of stippling, which were scanned and added to the digital artwork. Two versions were completed, one with a starburst pattern and one without. These proofs were printed, and Swanson chose to continue adapting the version without the starburst experiment. Additional color changes were completed, proofs were printed and inspected, and shadows and highlights were added to the piece. On September 23, 2015, the final giclee print file was completed and approved by John August Swanson; this is the file Kolibri Art Studio in Torrance, CA uses to print the edition.On October 2, 2015, the first five giclee prints from the edition were inspected, approved, and signed by John August Swanson.







Scan of Painting – February 2, 2015
Multi-Media, 1987


Dimensions Change
February 2, 2015


Starburst Experiment
July 9, 2015







AMAZING DOG TRIO – Thoughts, Reflections, and Ideas On, or Relating To, AMAZING DOG TRIO



EE Cummings

At the very thought of “circus”
a swarm of long-imprisoned desires breaks jail.
Armed with beauty and demanding justice
and everywhere threatening us with curiosity
and spring and childhood,
this mob of forgotten wishes
begins to storm the supposedly impregnable fortifications of our present.

The Sacred Circle in
the Art of
John August Swanson
Joan Prefontaine

Circus performers can encourage us to confront
our most deeply felt anxieties and inhibitions:
our fears of being laughed at, of taking risks,
and trying new things.

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