A painting in progress

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I think that I sometimes do not stop to smell the roses….Custom work always takes priority in my painting life, and then I don’t have time or the mind set to just “create” something. My new years resolution was to paint more and just to paint …like a walk in the woods with no destination! I’m going to post the progress of this new canvas so I can follow my own steps. I always welcome company although it would make me nervous if someone was actually watching me paint! Enjoy the journey. The painting on my easel today has about 4 hours of work so far….but who’s keeping track?

Just for Fun


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!

The Body Guard


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!!

the “out of control” room

Every day presents new content to my life. The garden is the mediator of the turmoil of every day.  There’s nothing like removing a weed and planting a flower, or placing a big rock just where it should be to provide some balance. Some of life’s problems just have to exist!

Meanwhile, I’ve had time to paint another “living with dogs and cats” painting.  …its a way of dealing with turmoil…

Show in Gladstone, MO

Gladstone Community Center Art Exhibit Dec. 2011- early Feb. 2012

  Finally the time arrives to put the paintings I’ve been working on in the van and take them to the Gladstone Community Center in Gladstone, Mo, for a show!  Working on paintings over the summer and fall for this show has seemed to go slowly. Many interruptions in the day and probably my multi-task skills are worn thin….but, it’s always great to work toward an event where I can share my work with the public.  I’m sure I’m not alone in the feeling of working in a bubble.  Bubble’s are good for getting things done, but shows are great for sharing my work with others!

Time has flown by since I started this post which I never published.  November and December are the months of distraction. Our home was on the Weston Christmas Homes tour in early December.  It was fun to fill the house with two trees and lots of bling everywhere. We started all of that in early November!  It was great to have visitors to our home and my studio. We had about 1300 visitors!

The show in Gladstone is still up and looking good. The Gladstone Community Center has a great area to display art . I imagine that visitors are pretty impressed as they walk into the center and are greeted by art!

Good Intentions

Fall seems like a good time to take a breath. It’s not hot, and it’s not cold.  The sun comes in at a slant and lights up all the summer dust in every room of the house. Papers and drawings are just lying around waiting to be organized.  It’s a mess!

As a small business owner, I’m pulled in many directions.  There is management of Bellacompany and the t-shirts and caps and on-line customers, and then there is also working on paintings!  Today I reviewed all of the stories and photos I received last fall for our “Give Me That Dog” project.  I did manage to complete 10 stories and paintings and we did publish a small book,  called “A Chair for Helen”.  We also auctioned off some of the paintings on our facebook after giving the story teller first dibs!  In my imagination, these projects are never as complicated as they turn out, but I think the end result was worth the work!

I always imagine that I can accomplish a lot more in a little bit of time than is even realistic.  That’s where my imagination hits the wall of time available (sometimes called reality)! There are quite a few great stories and pictures in a folder waiting for my attention.  It feels good to get the files all straightened up and review the future work to do. I hope to get back to this in January of 2012! Winter is a much better time to do studio work.

Meanwhile, my original goal in creating this blog was to talk about some of my favorite artists!. Call this my reminder blog!…or, my nag blog.  I know if I write it down, it will happen sooner or later!  If I don’t write it down,  whatever project I have in mind will just probably not get done anytime soon.

Revision

Painting is a conversation. Sometimes the conversation stops…and then, later, it begins again. The room in the painting was too empty. Nothing like my life!  Now it is full of the memories of past  and present dogs in my mind…and even some of the dogs I’ve met along the way…a whole company of dogs. Now it seems like a good conversation. I’m  nearly finished with this canvas.

enjoy

What’s the perfect age to retire? How will you know you’re ready?

the perfect age to retire has no number.  I can’t imagine not having some compelling reason to get up every morning.   I’ve worked at many “jobs” in my life from banking, teaching to being a sales person…and now it seems I’ve found the job that I’ve done all my life while I was doing all those other jobs….painting!  I’m lucky!

I always painted while I was doing other work to make an income. The creation of Bellacompany really set me free from the schedule of others (pretty much) and has allowed me to take the time to really paint more as well as give some assistance to dog rescue agencies.  I have no concept of retirement….and can’t figure out what one would do in it!