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Archive for March, 2019

Giving Thanks for Jed

 

It’s been several days now since we lost Jed.  I was cleaning up a few things in my home studio when I found photos from when Jed first came to us. It was estimated that he was about 1 1/2 years old then but as he was picked up as a stray it’s still a guess as to what was his real age. He was such a gentle sweet boy…always happy…always wanting to please everyone.  It never gets easier saying goodbye to our dear pets but today we are trying to look back at all the joy and remember those good times.  I am sharing one of the first photos I took of Jed when he came to our home.  He loved laying up in the window seat watching everything outside.  And the other photo is the last I took of him right outside that same window, sitting in the sunshine.  He was a lovely boy.

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Abstract Beauty

20190328_205805.jpgAbstracts are fun and often fast to paint.  We had a fun painting these on Tuesday.  People are always surprised that with a few tips and a little help they can create some amazing works of art.  Great job everyone….and Lincoln helped!

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Famous Painters Van Gogh MarchWe had a lot of fun channeling our inner Van Gogh on Tuesday as we recreated “Oleanders and Books” from 1888.  Very nice work from everyone.  Join us for the next one on Tuesday, April 23rd for Monet’s Yellow Irises.  You can see more and register here.

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20190328_083424.jpgWe are all ready for spring flowers…..we love to paint them.  So the kids painted a vase of tulips this week at class.  What fun!  And they turned out great.

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Saying Goodbye to Jed

 

We said goodbye to Jed yesterday.  He was such a good and sweet boy.  He didn’t often get the attention he deserved because Lincoln would get it all but he was happy to let his brother have the limelight.  Jed was steady and good.  We got him when he was pulled off the street as a stray in St Clairesville, OH where we found him in a shelter.  We drove in a terrible snow storm to pick him up because they were going to put him down.  He had been in a inmate training program at the local prison and his “trainer” was teaching him to jump up and bite.  We were able to convince the shelter manager that we could change the behavior…which we did.  He was too sweet to bite.  All he ever wanted to do was please us.  His favorite things were to run and play out at the cabin in West Virginia especially if he could find some cow or deer poop to roll in.  When we built the dog park he was delighted to chase the trains that came by each day.  When we adopted Lincoln he welcomed him as his long lost brother from the first minute they met.  They were quite the pair of short legged boys.  But this last year he really slowed down and over the past few months he has been declining.  His old body was just giving out where he couldn’t walk well anymore and finally he was having difficulty breathing.  It’s so sad to see our babies in decline knowing what happy, strong, healthy dogs they once were.  We are heartbroken here today.  Lincoln continues to look for him in all of Jed’s favorite spots.  It will take a little while but for now we are just trying to remember the handsome, sweet, smiling boy that was Jed.

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Capon FlagIt’s time to register for the upcoming Capon Springs Retreat!  You asked for some weekend days and you’ve got it.  We will meet from Friday, June 7 to Tuesday, June 11, 2019.  And there is something for everyone at Capon Springs.  It’s a magical place.  Call today and reserve your space.  The weekend dates will fill fast!  You can click here for the full schedule and more info: Capon Springs Retreat June 2019

We hope to see you there for some or all of the retreat.  Invite your friends and make plans.

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We had a beautiful day at Fox Meadow Winery painting a wine scene.  We had an amazing time and created some beautiful paintings.  Nice work everyone.  And if you haven’t been to Fox Meadow Winery you need to head out there right now.  Click here to learn more about it.

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