Actually, I know where she is ~ I just came from visiting her. The people at Dakin said there had been a lot of interest in her the past few days! That is very cool. I couldn't find her on their website soooo, does that mean she's been adopted?? I hope so.
I am confident that this portrait of Josie will catch someone's eye and love will bloom!! She is at the Leverett location at Dakin. Proceeds from this painting will go to the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. See it at Paragon at the November Art Walk in E'ton. 12 x16 oil on panel.
My husband and I have only been more keenly aware of the dog rescue world since we adopted our first dog - a two year old Akbash from the south. We didn't know he was a guardian dog who took his job very, very seriously until he settled into our household, about four months later. With friends and little kids coming and going, our dog was too much for us to handle safely, even with expert help and the commitment on our part to make our relationship work. We had to resurrender him --- with many, many tears, for he was so loving to us.
A few months later we adopted our sweet Molly. She is a Great Pyrenees / Golden Retrieve mix. When we first got her, she was sweet, sad, and a bit soulless . She didn't sit, come or stay. She wasn't interested in treats - she was almost like a ghost dog. As the months went on, she learned the basics, but was still a little sad.
Then one day, she showed her extreme excitement at our return to the house. I played a game of chase around the dinning room table and that was the beginning of her finding her doggy self.
Now we chase around the yard, she races our grandchildren and I just heard from my husband that she stopped to play with a dog on a recent run.
She is a dreamboat!!!
Here is my first dog painting
Molly 11x14 oil on panel
So now I am starting a project that involves painting rescue dogs looking for adoption. I am hoping that my skill as a painter can translate to a better life for some of our faithful furry companions.
Heading To Amsterdam
Not me ~ unfortunately ~ at least not this time. This time, it's one of my favorite paintings done in a Rob Longley workshop in Provincetown, MA. This is MacMillan Wharf, 11 x 24, oil on panel, 2012. I will just have to get myself to The Netherlands to see it again.
I have finished the painting formerly known as Kids Playing On A Hay Wagon. I say formerly because a great older man from Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, to be exact, told me that the kids were really working . When he saw my still wet painting, he asked if I knew what the children were doing on the wagon. I said, "of course, they are playing!". "Oh no", he said, "they are tamping down the hay." "So they are working too", I said. "Just like I used to when I was a kid", he said. He had a warm smile on his face as he gazed at the painting just before I took it home.
So, I learned something today. My mom and her brothers were helping Uncle Fritz bring in the hay!!!
Tweaking~Yes~tweaking the Experiment
A very knowledgable and good friend suggested I "lose" the purple and all hints thereof. He went so far as to say that I should lose it for six months. Well, that is an experiment on top of an experiment.
I have been utilizing a little iPhone app called Draw Cast. It allows me to contemplate my use of color and to take my time to remember what I learned at the Cape School of Art.
I had better hurry because this painting is going up on the walls of the Paragon Art Gallery this Saturday as a part of the Easthampton Art Walk.
I can't be there ~ but several of my paintings will. Make us the first stop on your Art Walk!!!
The full Art Walk site!
I got back to my painting today. Here is the update:
When my mom passed away this winter, she left suitcases of photos. I think she also inherited some from her mother.
When she was five years old, she spent some time on her Uncle Fritz's farm in upstate New York. Photos from that trip are charming. I decided that using those photos for a painting would be at least interesting. I used a composite picture that I created on the computer - I took the best horse pose, Uncle Fritz loading the hay and the best of my mom and her brothers on the hay wagon.
I hope you enjoy the photos and my first session at this painting.
I can't wait to get back to the studio!