It was a long hot summer. Our escape was to work diligently on our second book about dog rescue.We did receive many outstanding stories and the project to get a painting and a story And a release form signed was exciting and exhausting too! Now that the painting frenzy is over and the book is printed and available for sale at Bellacompany.com, I’m finding my way back into just painting whatever comes to mind. The difficulty is to get back to painting from my own prompting!
I have wanted to share some artists who inspired me and set me on this art path…so, here goes!
My grandmother was very creative and the person who raised me when I was very young. She gardened, made her own hats, made movies of her travels to Mexico and Hawaii, and painted dishware. She also worked full time!
When I went to live with my mother I was in the 4th grade. There was a lot of adjusting to do. I was moved from a rural home to an apartment in downtown Seattle. I attended public school for the first time. My mom figured out that butcher paper on the wall was necessary or I was going to draw on the wall paper! So I had a place to create from the start. I also had a great 5th grade art teacher. One day she showed a movie about how to create a watercolor…I was mesmerized!
When I married, I seemed to have lost my art self. We lived in Corvallis Oregon and my husband was going to Graduate School. I worked in a small bank. There was this small book store close to work and I’d go there sometimes on my lunch time. One day I came across this book about Nicolas De Stael. I was mesmerized again! Even though we had little money, I had to go back and buy this small book. Nicolas woke up my buried desire to paint. I’ve never been the same!
Sometimes, it’s difficult to pick up the pencil or brush or paper after a long painting project. The Give Me That Dog paintings and stories are at the printer…The paintings are in my studio ready to be auctioned….I designed a Christmas card for MAAL (Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation)…and now I must get back to my own idea(s) …what to paint and why? I’m pretty sure artists (writers, painters, musicians) can get lost in the requests and the commitments as well. Winter is a better time to create new ideas…not so many distractions..so hopefully I’ll get back there!
The end of summer and painting dog stories….There are many parts and pieces to the rescued dog stories, but we are working away to publish a 2nd book. Meanwhile, I found this half finished piece in my art files and decided to finish it. Ideas are great and fun and inspirational too…but actually resolving the painting is always a challenge! I’m working on large 31X41″ print paper which is very tough and takes a lot of abuse…good thing!
Jazz was an untrusting and aggressive dog when he was rescued.The rescuer wondered at her own sanity for giving him a second change, but she continued to work with him. The Journey was a long one, but Jazz finally learned the ropes so well, that he now works as a therapy dog! Patience sometimes rules the day! (By the way, I’m very close to completing paintings and stories for a 2nd “Give Me That Dog” book.)
I received this great story from a couple who only adopt older dogs they find in shelters. Our 2nd “give Me that Dog” book will be published this fall. Many of the stories sent to me were a little more difficult to paint for one reason or another. As in any great dog story, many of these 2nd edition stories have brought sadness and joy into my studio. People who work to make a dogs life better, are an inspiration and have some amazing stories to tell. It is an honor to share their stories.
A rescued dog becomes a co-therapist working with emotionally wounded children and adults. Another story to become a part of a small book project I’m working on this summer.
I received a great story about a a chihuahua that held off the well intentioned rescuer from his pit bull girlfriend. Fun to read and it’s heartwarming to get stories from dog rescuers like this on who really stepped outside the box to get these two dogs into a safe place. I’m working away at this project again, and hope to have the stories and paintings finished and published in our second small book by this very fall!!
A story of a failed black dog rescue came to me….I’ll bet there are more black dogs in rescue places than any other kind of dog…It’s amazing because in my experience they just seem like the nicest, friendliest dogs on the planet. I’m always surprized by the number of black labs I see available in a shelter.
For the woman who lost her rescued black dog, I say: go adopt another lovely black dog. There are many who need homes.