I had my first ( and hopefully last) root canal last week. I’ve gone to hell and back with my teeth…I think it’s worth it as I still have them all and they aren’t in any danger…but, boy oh boy… Some would call me a baby…so what? All that work done so close to my tiny brain….ouch!
As I struggle to regain my sense of humor, I’ve come up with an idea that I think will be fun…and readers might enjoy the art and the stories too.
Life with Dogs and Cats will be the general topic ….and the first painting will have something to do with yesterday’s event. As we left for our morning walk, I placed my “practically invisible” glasses on top of a large file cabinet. When we returned, I didn’t immediately retrieve my glasses. Our Black tuxedo kitten managed to find them (she is very clever and curious), knocked them to the floor where they were retrieved by Lola who gave them a thorough investigation with her teeth. She left one lens and one ear piece for my use.. I guess I could say that living with cats and dogs keeps one on their toes!
This topic is filled with great painting ideas….ie, shoes, the couch, the walk, walking a new dog, generally fighting for first place in the pack, driving with dogs, visiting the vet, sharing food, sharing toys, …(what is a toy anyway?) changing the routine, and more. I’m open to suggestions as I know we have not experienced all of the trials and tribulations that come with adding a new dog or cat to the pack!
The painting shown is new…Rescue Remenisence
We just created a one color design called “Fairy dog Mother” for our t-shirt line. I couldn’t resist coloring in the lines of the illustration, so here is the “colorful” rendition of Fairy Dog Mother! The painting on paper will be up for auction soon, and will be on display at our art walk this coming weekend, This is a large acrylic painting on paper.( Size 30X40″). The Art Walk is March 31 and April 1st from noon to five both days. Local mid west artists will be showing their fine art and craft in several homes here in Weston. If you live in the KC area….come on up!
Everything seems to happen quickly in spring! The garden is blooming so fast, I could probably just sit and watch it like a movie! We had a dry winter, so rain is welcome even though it makes dog walking and gardening more difficult. The invitation to a walk is my attempt to capture this fleeting time of the year!
Invitation to a Walk
As spring makes it’s windy approach, I begin to think about the yard and what kinds of flowers we might have this summer. But, I resist for now because I know mother nature always has some weather tricks up her sleeve! It’s a great and energetic time to paint and dream while waiting for planting time. “Blue Dog Yard Meditation” might be an expression of that kind of patience.
The more I paint, the more I paint. I’m loving winter. It’s quiet. There is time to think and enjoy the quiet of leafless trees and no yard work to do. The new pup and I can spend lots of time in my studio and we both can walk out into the seemingly lifeless back yard. Before long, there will be all that comes with spring. Meanwhile, here is a new canvas called “leaping dog”. I think it is an expression of joy. The joy is not about anything or anybody….just that feeling that arrives out of nowhere for no particular reason!
I’ve created a couple of small (12X12) paintings of our dogs….just head shots. You’d think that painting small would be easier…or faster…but nothing really is easy or fast….I’ve placed two examples of this kind of painting on our website, http://www.bellacompany.com ….great price and hopefully a kind of painting that will replace the “luna Toon” idea for a custom portrait.
small canvas portrait of Dot
What a great time to paint. It’s cold, we had some snow, tomorrow it will rain. There is no temptation to even wander in the yard and dream about spring. If it weren’t for the new dog, Lola, I would only get out to move from the house to my studio and back to the house again.
I’m working on some smaller canvas and enjoying the process. New painting, The Dog House, size 24X30″ acrylic on canvas.
I also got to thinking about my inspiration and who really taught me to paint in the first place. My grandmother was creative in the garden and she made her own lovely hats too. She also painted a great watercolor that I’ve kept in spite of all the moving I’ve done in my life. When I moved to Corvallis Oregon, I took some painting classes at OSU. The art department was terrific! Nelson Sandgren taught watercolor and he also painted in oils. His studio was an open place to visit and it was there I to learned how to make a painting. I was reminded of him today as I finished another small acrylic painting….I think he would have liked this work.
Not everyone can adopt a young dog and then enjoy the many moments…We are lucky. Pictured…first painting inspired by Lola!
Today, the show at the Gladstone Community Center was disassembled and transported to the Strecker Nelson Gallery in Manhattan Kansas. It’s always stressful to move art….so much can go wrong. But all went well and much of the show that was was on exhibit in Gladstone will find a new viewing spot in the great gallery in Manhattan! Paintings are sort of like children…it’s hard to let them go…one has to keep track of their every movement and I worry about damage in every transition…All is well and will be on view at the Strecker!
Some of the paper pieces I did for the “give me that dog” project will be on view there including “Matties Vacation”….
I have many unpainted stories from that project that I did last year….I need to revisit the stories to see what else I might paint from the many great stories I received….
I’ve been working on some slightly smaller canvases these days and enjoying it as well. I’ve completed a couple of “head shots” of our dogs, Noodle and Dot and have more blank canvas waiting for paint! Adopting a puppy does slow down the wheels of progress!
My latest canvas is called Cloud Chasers ….enjoy