What Have I Been Doing

A Family Dog

I never knew about rescue dogs. Not even sure how long that initiative has been in place. I do think it is an honorable act to rescue animals from cruelty and giving them a new start. What I do know is that the people who give rescue dogs a home are the most wonderful people I know.

In the case of Duke, who became a member of our extended family over 10’years ago, was given another chance for a good life. He was adopted by my son and daughter in law. My son was thinking that this German short hair could protect his wife when she went jogging. Turns out Duke had been so traumatized in his early years that most things scared him.

Over time and a lot of love Duke did guard his new family. The addition of children only added to his charm. His bark could sound ferocious but those of us who knew him knew better. Duke was s softie at heart.

Duke died this year living far longer then anyone ever imagined. I painted Duke’s picture sleeping beside his side kick Taz. He is greatly missed.

“Sleep Tight”. 12”x12” acrylic

My Christmas Goat

So a goat is not a sheep but they are just as cute. My house is decorated earlier this year then usual. It really puts me in the holiday mood. I’ve already got some of my holiday shopping done but crunch time will be after thanksgiving.

I always look forward to thanksgiving. The last few years we have spent it with my daughter. This year as an added joy, out of state family will be joining us. Fun for everyone and it will includes limited sleep for all. Little cousins together laughing, playing and eating too much. Creating great family memories is what it is all about.

I know I am blessed. I have a husband I adore, good health and children that I am proud of. I love my time with the grandchildren and I’m glad I have lived long enough to know each of them.

Happy thanksgiving everyone!!

“My Christmas Goat”. 8”x10” on acrylic canvas board $40

Cutting Boards

I’ve discovered that cutting boards come in many shapes. Its fun looking for the unique. It is also a good reason to go shopping. So when my husband asks me “what are we looking for?” I smile and say “Honey we are looking for the unique, for the different, for the one of a kind.”

So while shopping with family in Frederick, Maryland I found a moose shaped cutting board. It’s new; it’s unique; it’s perfect. I knew I wanted to paint it.

Cutting boards are usually very smooth and absorbent. So getting paint to stick takes patience and persistence. What to paint wasn’t a problem. Painting a moose on a moose cutting board made sense to me.

Here he is in the wild. It’s from several photos of moose in Alaska. A state where the glaciers are melting at an accelerated rate. Global warming is real and the beauty we enjoy will be gone along with the wildlife.

I hope I haven’t painted the next animal to be extinct.

“In the Wild”. Acrylic on wood $75