This is a commissioned work, a 16 x 20 acrylic on stretched, wrapped canvas, and it is very special to me, because of the wonderful dogs and because of the story of Keeper, the poodle in the middle. She was rescued during Hurricane Andrew by a very compassionate woman who worked with an organization appropriately named "Noah's Ark." Keeper was in very bad condition, and the veterinarian didn't hold out much hope for her survival. But Kathi loved her back to health and one day was rewarded with a bark and a wag of the tail. I never had the pleasure of meeting Keeper, but I can sense her sweet, sweet spirit. Do something kind for an animal friend today, or find some people who are doing a good work and help them out. You will never regret it.
Summer going fast. I hope it is cool and pleasant wherever you are. Summer used to be the time for me to find inspiration in painting and traveling, but I have been staying home the past few years. So I have been busy with commissions, but not as much "free painting." Last week we cleared out our studio, (for the first time in a l-o-n-g time) in order to put in a different rug. Pastel dust has a way of settling in on things and the change was way overdue. But once the room was emptied, we realized a coat of paint was needed, and one thing led to another, and the hour and a half of work ended up taking a half day, plus another getting everything put back where it belonged. Fortunately a lot of organizing and "downsizing" takes place during times like this, so now I will have a new studio to work in, if I ever get there.