Ol' Blue Eyes
Pastel, 7.5 x 10
As I write this a major blizzard is raging across the United States. It sounds as if it will hit much of the West, Midwest, and Eastern parts of the country, as well as some of southern states. Most of us complain about winter storms, but Huskies and Malamutes seem to thrive in them. For that matter, so does my Border Collie, but only up to a point. We were blessed to live across the street from a family with a Husky a few years ago. She had learned her boundaries well and was trained not to step outside her own yard. And that was without a fence of any kind, not even one of those invisible ones. She loved the snow and was so much fun to watch. The summer months were not so much fun for her, but she did make an amazing discovery about her neighbors across the street - we had a garden pond in our back yard. It was just too much of a temptation, even for such a self disciplined dog as this. This was during a time when we had no dogs of our own, so there were no fences to keep her from splashing around now and then. Her family was a little embarrassed, and the fish were probably a little annoyed, but we didn't mind. The coat that kept her so warm during an Iowa winter was probably very uncomfortable in the 80 to 90 degree temperatures we face here in the summertime. She was a beautiful, sweet tempered dog and we missed her when her family moved.
This pastel has been listed on Daily Painters and Art Helping Animals. As with all my pastels, it is matted, mounted and ready to frame. The frame is not included.
It is becoming a busy winter for me, as I have been getting ready for two shows, one in March, another at the end of April. One has to do with cattle drives, the other with bike rides. More information on them as the dates approach. I have also been doing research on dinosaurs for some illustrations for a children' s book, so if you know any experts on that subject you might let me know. It is turning out to be a little more complicated than I originally thought...And my work has been selected for another art book to be published this year. More about that as more information becomes available.
Wherever you are today, I hope you are keeping warm, that you don't have to go out in the storm, and that you are able to spend time with someone you love.