Whew!! Three-quarters of the way through the challenge! It's amazing to me how quickly the time is flying by. New challenges and new lessons learned nearly every day. Today's happy accident was figuring out that I could add texture to the painting. Wonder what I'll learn in the next 25 days!
Bugs doing the Jitterbug -- how fun is that? You know those bugs out in your garden must be up to something or they wouldn't be trying to chase you out of their space. Perhaps there's a party going on and you're interrupting their celebration.
Okay, okay, I know snails don't really have eyes. It's just that those pokey things that they actually have creep me out. When we visited Germany a few years ago, I was amazed by the snails (among other things -- it's a pretty amazing place). German snails are HUGE and colorful. Our snails could take a few lessons from German snails. Just sayin'.
The prompt for this painting came from a friend. Someone who is in the thick of things in the aftermath of Harvey, yet she has already ventured out to buy supplies to donate to others. She and her husband are lovely, giving, selfless people and I am so happy to know them. She also comes up with some pretty stellar art prompts. I hope that she enjoys the result of her idea!
I suppose making sure our dogs are content has been on my mind lately, what with the evening ritual meltdowns we've been experiencing. This evening was so much better for her than the past several and I am very thankful. It would be ever so much easier if she could just say, "Hey, human! This is what's upsetting me." Unfortunately, we do not have that sort of rapport. We are narrowing it down, so that's a plus.
As for the inspiration for today's painting, I don't know about you, but I've never met a dog who didn't like a treat now and again. Ours mostly want them NOW. Lately, they have developed a love of salad and will make sure to alert me when "salad time" (aka dinner) rolls around. Does anyone else have a pet with unusual food cravings?
Who says a girl can't fly a dragon? Not me! I say, if you ever get a chance to ride a dragon, you should take it.
Apparently, I have an affinity for small, furry animals. Who knew?? Well, practically anyone who has ever met me would know that, so I suppose the fact that they (along with large, non-furry animals) continue to show up in my artwork is no surprise. With some notable exceptions, most animals are not looking to harm people. They appear sweet and welcoming, so it really isn't difficult to imagine that they have homes, families, and even pets. Yes, I know that isn't likely, but a girl can dream!
It may seem a bit early for a Fall leaf, but it was surprisingly cool here today. Cool enough to sit on the porch for a bit and enjoy the weather. Not exactly typical for the end of August, but certainly inspirational.
Update: Fur baby was more settled this evening and I was able to concentrate a bit more on my painting. It turns out, it was the light above my table that was pushing her over the edge. I'm not sure exactly what about it upset her, but without the light, she was settled all evening. Good news all around!
Whenever I'm asked what my favorite movie is, I can never decide. There are so many great movies! I love the classics: Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, Wizard of Oz, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, anything with Cary Grant, Clark Gable, James Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Rock Hudson -- you get the idea. Just about any romantic comedy is a must-see and the Harry Potter and LOTR franchises? Well, let's just say if they're on, I'm watching.
This painting is an homage to Wizard of Oz (pretty sure could figure that out). I would have liked to have spent a bit more time on it, but one of my elderly dogs decided to have some sort of meltdown. She has the same reaction to the beep on the dishwasher: pacing, panting, general dysphoria. I'm not certain what caused her behavior this evening, but we spent quite some time lounging in the grass until she settled down. That left me precious little time to finish my painting the way I wanted, but my fur baby's comfort comes first. I know you'll understand.
For now, sit back, relax, and sing some show tunes. That will brighten the gloomiest of days!
Banner day for me -- my first robot EVER! Not that I've never seen a robot or contemplated drawing one, I just never have. You'd think that since one of my major fascinations and collections as a child was spark plugs (Don't ask, I have no idea. I like to think it was because of the juxtaposition of glass and metal...), that I would have been all over that subject matter. Better late than never, right?