Monday, November 30, 2009
A couple of young bachelors square off in a friendly sparring match. This piece is a mix of oil pencil, pastel and conte crayon, size 18 x 24" on pastel board. A Christmas commission. Shhhhh........
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Clifford and Trudy spend a day romping at the beach on Drummond Island, with Rip and Aunt Vickie and me. Clifford enjoys the sun, sand and the beach grasses, but not nearly as much as he enjoys mugging for the camera!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Here's the outline.
Blocking in some highlights.
Now adding some more color details and highlights.
The finished painting. You can really see the soul in this old man.
Friday, November 20, 2009
On Nov 14, 2009, my horse Clifford auditioned for Late Night's "Stupid Pet Tricks" by painting a portrait of Dave. Clifford is an abstract artist specializing in watercolor. The casting agency did send the portrait to the the Late Night studio. If nothing else, we hope Dave was flattered by Clifford's vision of him... Even if Clifford doesn't think he is funny.
Clifford auditioned for "Stupid Pet Tricks" and Channel 6 sent me the news clip. When I approached the casting agent after the audition, I held up the portrait Clifford had painted, and asked, "Do you think Dave would want this?" She said they would send it to his studio along with the tapes. The guy who chewed the top off of the aluminum can overheard this. He came over, held up the mangled can, and asked, "Do you think Dave would want this?" She said, "No, I don't think so."
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
When we arrived at the auditions, I spent a little time warming Clifford up. He was acting like he didn't really feel like painting. I urged him to find his muse.
I decided to put him to work, making him concentrate on other things besides his art. We did some walking in the parking lot and even some longeing.
He was earning some clicks and apples but his efforts were pretty half-hearted.
He just wasn't into his tricks like he normally is. I was a little worried that he might not paint at all.
We had set up the table with Dave's portrait in a frame. When the crew started filming, Clifford marched right over to the table with me, grabbed the sponges and did a quick painting of Dave.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Nearly seventeen years ago I was adopted by a very special red Somali girl. Pepper went on to be the calmest and most reliable of all show cats. My little sister Amanda handled her. I remember one occasion where, on the way up to a ring, Amanda dropped her. She just stood there, until I scooped her up (I was carrying another cat, probably Etee) and plunked her back into Amanda's arms. Pepper just wasn't rattled by anything.
She was an excellent mother. Her own mother was named, "Lynn-Lee's Thanksgiving Parade", and Pepper continued the holiday tradition. Her daughter, Foxbrush Holiday Rush, now lives with my friend Kari Selinger, and her granddaughter, Foxbrush Lacy Valentine, lives with my friend Cindy.
The cat showing and breeding world was an interesting one. It was really the only common interest shared by my ex husband, and I stayed with it a lot longer than I wanted to, for his sake. A good thing did come out of it though, in the way of a book called, "My Best Cat." It's disguised as, "A Furry Murder Mystery", but is really a character study on the personalities that frequent cat shows.
Pepper died today as she had lived, peacefully and with great dignity. She is the last of my cats, and her passing marks the end of an era. She will be missed.