Saturday, August 29, 2015

In the arms of the angels....

Our sweet Tiger crossed the rainbow bridge one month ago today.
She was just shy of her 22nd birthday.

In the 1990's we adopted three kitties, (L-R) Mr. B, Spotty, and Tiger.
(Spotty and Tiger were litter-mates).
"The Catkins," as we affectionately called them, appeared in some of my artwork over the years, both individually and as a family.
It was next to impossible to photograph the three of them together, so I painted a portrait of them instead.
The Catkins were also the inspiration for one of my painting patterns.

As a young cat, Tiger loved to climb and jump, often enjoying walking across the beams of our family room.
In her older years, she was more content to relax in the bedroom that she and Amanda had shared until Amanda headed off to college.
Amanda's old bed remained in place...
... so Tiger could continue sleeping there.

I also moved my studio/office into 'Tiger's room.' She was the best roommate ever. Sometimes she'd watch me from across the room...

... and sometimes from under my desk. I put her on my lap when I was working on this latest piece and she'd study the painting-in-progress, then turn and look at me. I called her my little muse as she seemed so interested in what I was painting (which was a great encouragement when I was doubting the direction the painting was taking from time to time!)

I miss her very much, but I know she's reunited with her brother Spotty, who we lost back in 2009 at 16 years of age.

“Love never dies. Love will continue. Love keeps on beating when you're gone. Love never dies once it is in you. Life may be fleeting; love lives on! Life may be fleeting! Love lives on...” 
(Andrew Lloyd Webber)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

National Dog Day

In honor of National Dog Day...

Some of the precious dogs we've had the honor of sharing our home with...
Shu Shu in my lap. Born ? (adopted 1980) - 1987
Casper (an abuse case adopted from a Great Dane Rescue group),
1978 (adopted 1980) - 1986
Ms. Gizmo, 1992 (adopted 3/11/2000) - March 22, 2008
Mr. J, 2001 (adopted 2010) - still going strong at 14!
Just a few words since it's National Dog Day...
All of our dogs have been rescues, whether they were mutts or purebred dogs like our Casper (Great Dane) or our Sooshi (Shih-Tzu). You can find ANY breed of dog, or any loveable mixed breed, at shelters or pounds.
Just visit either of these sites and start your search:
Also, as you can see from the dates, many of the dogs we've adopted have been older dogs, often overlooked because of their age. Adopting an older dog has so many benefits. First of all, they're usually already housebroken (big plus!). They're also done with their 'chewing' stage (another big plus!) And most importantly, these dogs are forever grateful to YOU for giving them their forever home. You will never find a more loyal, loving companion than a shelter dog. Especially one who has been passed over time and time again because they might have a graying muzzle.
My prayer is that some day, every shelter and pound across this country will be empty and every dog (and cat) that once lived in one will be in a loving 'forever' home.
Happy National Dog Day, everyone!!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Summer days, morning glories, and new (nautical) prints.

I can't believe that summer is almost over! Although I'm looking forward to fall, I am going to miss the long daylight hours and warm sunshine.
Last week some of my family went out on Boston Harbor with my cousin and his family.
 What an amazing time we had!

Is it any wonder that the ocean is showcased in one of the newest prints in my shop...
... while snippets of a sailboat on the ocean can be seen in another?
I am so drawn to the New England coast.
Back at the old homestead about 30 miles inland, the morning glories continue to thrive...

 ... while climbing our little homemade obelisk.

A blue jay landed on the top of the bird house while I was taking this photo.
Wishing you a lovely 'end of August.' I'll share a few more new prints in my next post. Enjoy what's left of the summer!