Friday, July 01, 2011

Bernese Mountain Dog and a Favorite Author, T.L. Higley

Art: Bernese Mountain Dog in Pastel
The Look of Love
Bernese Mountain Dog
Pastel on Sennelier Pastel Card
I saw this fellow at a dog show and took a photo. This breed of dog is often described as a "gentle giant," and his person told me that description fit him perfectly.  I love his quiet, honest gaze, his soft fur, his joyful spirit.

Sometimes paintings have to be worked and re-worked.  Sometimes there are problems in composition or color. Usually I struggle over the background at least.  But every now and then I come across a subject who is so simple and direct that there is no other way to paint it.  This one more or less painted itself. I just held the pastel sticks.  Paintings like this are a joy to do. And dogs are always a joy.

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The Artist's Journey:  T. L. Higley, a Favorite Author

As most of my blogging friends know,  reading is one of my favorite pastimes and there are times when life gets so crazy and the people in my life become unreasonable and demanding and I must escape.  Fiction is the best way for me to get away.  My favorite authors are those whose stories take me to exotic places and provide me with adventures beyond my craziest dreams.  T.L. Higley is my newest "discovery."   Nothing she writes is ordinary and as an added bonus, every story is a learning experience. Her books are filled with mystery, intrigue, and romance, and even an extra  dimension or two - like the supernatural or sometimes even time travel.  Her extensive research results in a tale that is so authentic it gives me the feeling of "being there," and keeps me reading long into the night.  The beginning of my addiction was a book entitled Fallen From Babel,  the story of a professor of religious studies who does not believe in God.  One evening he handles a blue glazed terra-cotta Neo-Babylonian vase and is transported 3,000 years back in time to Old Testament Babylon.  Now that is a real escape!  I felt as if I had been transported also,  as I have with every one of her books.

Check out her site:
T.L. Higley


Debbie Lo said...

What a beautiful painting, Della. I love those dogs as well. Their coloring it gorgeous, and their disposition make them wonderful family pets. You captured both wonderfully.

I've been looking for some good books to start reading, so I'll have to check out T.L. Higley. I don't get much time to read, but when I do, I also like to be "taken away" to another time.

Thanks so much for the tip! Hope you and Larry have a nice, relaxing holiday weekend!

Graceful Moments said...

Beautiful painting, Della! What a gorgeous dog. Thanks also for the informatin about T.L. Higley. I have been looking for a new favorite author and this one sounds like a winner. I'm going to see if I can find the first one you read and go from there. Hope you are enjoying the 4th! Blessings, Vicki

Totally Timmy said...

Your art is as beautiful as always..I love to read also. I'll have to put this book on my list of "must reads"!