Just for fun, I pulled up some of my encaustic paintings ranging wide in color variation, and then looked through my stash of interiors photos for rooms that may engage in conversation with them....
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Above: Harri and Ender in the cool pool at Camp Bow Wow late this Fall
Harri in the sun room during our first snowfall, for the first time without her "bro". My two house mates told me that after Ender was gone, whenever I left the house Harri howled for at least an hour in her loneliness.
I decided to search the local Humane Society website for a small companion dog for Harri.
Low and behold, a most unusual find, a greyhound at the Humane Society. Usually greyhounds come through retired racer adoption groups. Apparently Penny (15-month-old white greyhound with copper-colored spots) was purchased as a puppy from a breeder. In her former home, she was doted upon by her dad. Unfortunately, Penny got into mom's chickens once too often. When mom said, "that's enough!", tearful dad took Penny to the Humane Society. I saw Penny on the website only the second evening she was at the facility. Yes, I was searching for a small companion dog, but this sweet young greyhound was hard to resist. I call her my "58-pound Chihuahua".
Harri and Penny together in the sun room.
In Penny, I discovered a "fan" of my saxophone playing. Well, at least I believe she has an "affinity" for my music.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
This is my portrait of Kobe. Kobe belonged to my niece's family. Kobe and my own 13-1/2 year-old greyhound, Ender both went to the Rainbow Bridge this Thanksgiving under different circumstances. I've already paid tribute here to my hound.
Kobe, as my niece tells me, was a bold and brave dog in a little package, carrying his responsibility of protecting the family with great seriousness. He was a black miniature Schnauzer who had no hesitation chasing off all manner of wildlife from the family property---including moose!!! My niece commissioned this portrait of Kobe for her daughter (my great-niece) who requested it for her Christmas gift.
Dear D.E.T.: I so enjoyed painting this portrait of your "favorite guy", With much love, Aunt Toni (aka Sparky).
Monday, December 24, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Above: Living room
Above: Dining area with tall windows make it easy for the dogs to keep tabs on what's happening on
the street. I had the dining chair slip covers made from Tricia Guild fabric samples---three coordinating different patterns for the six chairs.