Monday, November 12, 2018

Shelter Dog

Watercolor batik on rice paper - 8X10

We went to the local pet store over the weekend to buy some dog food,
and stumbled into the monthly dog adoption fair.

As we walked around & laughed at varieties of silly puppies,
 my gaze was drawn to the cages holding the adult dogs.

This is where I saw a big black dog that reminded me of our shelter dog Cobie,
who we adopted at a similar fair twelve years ago.

When I first laid eyes on Cobie,
he seemed dejected,
 cramped in a cage too small for his large size.
Unlike the other dogs, he displayed no reaction to being talked to or to being touched.
He was missing patches of fur,
and it was obvious he had been in a few fights.

I learned that this had been Cobie's second year at the annual adoption fair. 
He was living in an outdoor no-kill shelter in northern Michigan  
and had been there for more than half of his life.

Needless to say, Cobie came home with us that day.

Cobie coming home with us.

Cobie did not know how to play.
  He was not affectionate, he growled when we put our faces too close to his,
and he remained otherwise aloof for about a year.
We wondered what had happened to our beautiful dog
during his short life.

But then one day, this chilly, detached pup became approachable.
His sweetness emerged
 and we were welcomed into his world.

It was worth every minute of the wait.
Cobie's trust is limitless, his gratitude is enormous,
and his love is unconditional.

I read somewhere,
"It's no big deal to love a dog;
they make it so easy for you."

So true.  So true.

Cobie - 15 years old

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Inktober #30 & 31

#inktober2018 - #30&31 / 6X6 each
with Sharpie pen and India ink wash

Inktober was a great challenge that emphasized
discipline and consistency,
but what I enjoyed most about it 
were the encouraging comments 
from my blogging buddies.
Thank you!

We're off to the airport now to pick up my big brother. 
He will be staying with us for about 10 days,
so I'll be away from the blog.

Hope to see you soon.

Brother & me.

Happy Halloween!

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"How beautifully leaves grow old.
How full of light and color are their last days."
John Burroughs

Good bye, October.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Inktober #26, 27, 28 &29

These were done with just a few lines
and light ink washes.

#Inktober 26

#Inktober 27

#Inktober 28

#Inktober 29

The Inktober challenge is winding down
just as we're getting ready to welcome an out of town visitor.
Perfect timing!

Two more to go.

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Beloved October!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Inktober #23, 24, 25

Inktober #23

Inktober #24 

Inktober #25

These drawings were done with a white gelly pen
on some leftover scraps of Yupo.

I've got more Yupo laying around with pastel colored backgrounds.
My husband said, "Shake it up,"
 so I'll do a few drawings with
ink in a dip pen or ink on a stick
in this final week of the challenge.

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And here are a few more photos from last weekend's
Philomath Open Studios tour.
These photos were taken at the studio of
potter Jeff Gunn.

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The wind is rising and the air is wild with leaves.
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves."
Peoples, Landfalls, Mountains - 1936

Monday, October 22, 2018

Inktober #20, 21 &22

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Philomath Open Studios Art Tour

This is artist Jennifer Lommers
 She is standing in front of her "NeverEnding Story" series
of over 120 individual 6"X6" paintings.

I took the photo just as the studio opened.
By the time I left,
customers were buying these by the armfulls.

This is the studio of pastel artist 

An in-progress pastel painting by Marianne Post

We also visited places like this:

"Scaredy Cats" garden pottery by artist Ann Lahr:

Cigar box art by Faye Cummins:

The artists on the tour were really nice,
 but most did not want photographs taken.

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"I wish that every day was Saturday and every month was October."
Charmaine Forde

Friday, October 19, 2018

Inktober #17, 18, &19

Waterproof marker with India ink on Yupo

Waterproof marker with India ink on Yupo

No time to do this one over :{

Thought I'd take advantage of the large amount of Yupo (synthetic paper) in the studio.

After sketching on the paper with black waterproof marker,
the colored inks were applied with a thin brush
and then spritzed with water.

These take forever to dry since Yupo has a non-porous, plastic-like surface.
I lost patience and pulled out the hair dryer,
but really messed up the last sketch by putting the dryer too close to the paper
 and blowing ink all over the place.
On a positive note, you can easily mop up the ink with a paper towel.

I think I'll try the colored inks with some landscape sketches during the challenge.
I will definitely try to do some finished paintings with them next month.

Dr. PH Martin's Bombay India Inks

Tim and I are going to head over to Philomath this weekend
for the 2018 Open Studio Art Tour and Sale.
 I'll take the camera and keep fingers crossed that we'll be allowed to take some photos.

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"Bittersweet October -
the mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause
between the opposing miseries of
summer and winter."
Carol Bishop Hipps

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Inktober #13, 14, 15 & 16

#Inktober - #13, 14, 15, 16

It was a crazy weekend,
 so I decided to do even smaller drawings
 to keep up with the challenge.

These stiffer hatched sketches have been fun,
but it's time to move on to something different 
for the second half of the month.

I'm craving a little color.

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Oh, October!