When you come to Winged Canvas, a small, affectionate, and funny little dog might greet you at the door. Her name is Pongo and she is our Chief Executive Dog (CED).
CED Pongo practices her best model face on the life drawing stage.
In her role as CED of Winged Canvas, Pongo is responsible for managing all aspects of the studio. She makes sure that anyone who eats Cheetos or other cheese coated snacks shares with her. She ensures the studio always operates at peak cuteness levels and achieves this in many ways: she’ll jump on your lap for a quick snuggle, bring her toys to you and sometimes she’ll pose for life drawing.
A CED’s work is never done. Pongo poses for her fans.
Paintings of Pongo, by Bryan Navasero and student Julia, age 10
Pongo also oversees studio operations, such as testing the comfort level of the couch, cleaning stray food off the floor and barking at things both real and imagined. She enjoys a good cuddle, and will gladly sit on your lap and allow you to pet her.
Pongo helps me paint my cat even though she probably thinks I should paint her.
Pongo "helps" founder Fei Lu with her painting
Pongo's free kisses are a perk that all of our staff and students enjoy.
When Pongo and her best friend Sadie aren’t hanging out at the Art Hub, they spend their time with co-owners Fei and Aaron. We’re (obviously) a dog-friendly space and Pongo and Sadie often act as our adorable muses.
Pongo and Sadie, um, taking a quick break. They usually work pretty hard. We swear.
In fact, Pongo and Sadie are drawn and painted so much that we think they may become the most famous dogs in Markham's history!
Anime Pongo and Sadie, by student Abi, age 11
Pongo and Sadie, by student Moon, age 10
Caricature of Sadie and Pongo in gouache, by intern Josephine Guan
Pongo in acrylic, by our director of finance, Celia Chen, who is also learning to paint.
Oil Painting of Sadie and Pongo, by Creative Director Fei Lu
Drop by the Art Hub sometime to meet the studio dogs! They are usually around during Summer and March Break. Our talented staff also accept commissions for custom pet portraits, so give us a shout if you're in search of one. You can follow Pongo's Instagram or see our studio dog album on Facebook for a peek inside Pongo's hectic life as a top executive.