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On a Sunday afternoon, July 18, 2010, we went out to the shelter with Jed in tow to see a little adorable fluffy girl dog that was up for adoption.  Well, this was before we knew of Jed’s fear of girl dogs so needless to say Jed would have nothing to do with her…or her him.

So we were going to come home without a new best friend when a little fuzzy face made himself known in the next kennel over from the little girl.  We decided to take him out on a walk with Jed to see if they got along … and the rest is history.  20180430_083614.jpgThey were immediately fast friends and Lincoln settled in to our family like he had been with us forever.  We love him and his antics and today we will celebrate 8 years with Lincoln and hope for many more!FB_IMG_1521728798259.jpg

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20180624_171904.jpgYesterday we had another terrific day creating art at Belle Grove in Middletown.  We painted the beautiful view from the front of the mansion.  There is not a bad view out of any window of the house but the view from the front porch is AMAZING.  And we had 14 painters who enjoyed painting their versions of it.  20180624_171959.jpgGreat work everyone!  It was so much fun working with you.  We all enjoyed it so much that we are planning to hold a few more painting events there soon.  Stay tuned.

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Yesterday was such a wonderful day at Belle Grove.  I started out with a group painting a little wildflower painting.  They were delightful and we had such a nice time.

 

Then it was back over in the afternoon for the “Meet the Artists” reception at the mansion.  This year Belle Grove offered the art of Wayne Laws, Sally Veach and me (Kelly Walker)!  It was so fun to see art in the mansion.  It is still going on until close today so if you are over Middletown way you have to stop in and see it.

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20180619_130426.jpg The show at Belle Grove is in the news.  Take a look here for a news report from LocalDMV.com.   And this link will take you to an article in the Northern Virginia Daily. The show is now through Sunday.  Be sure to get out to Belle Grove to take a look.

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20180605_081020.jpg I am so proud of my niece,  Morgan Walker.  She is a graphic artist making some awesome designs.  Take a look at her website here to see some of what she does.  Yesterday I received a wonderful gift from her…this lovely Mountain Sunset pin.  She said she made it with me in mind.  I love that!!!  I am hoping that soon she will be taking orders for her amazing pet portraits.  I can’t wait to have her create a wonderful work of art of my Jed and Lincoln.  20180605_081915.jpg20180605_081744.jpg

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Persistence

 

Last month while I was staining the deck out back I noticed a waterlogged bird nest in a tree limb that overhangs there.  Then the heavy winds and days of rain came and I didn’t think anything else about it because I didn’t figure anything could be in it.  This morning while out back with Lincoln I looked up and saw these two little faces looking out.  They didn’t move at all but there little heads were just right above the nest.  Guess mom is off finding them a worm.  She must be terribly persistent to make that little home work.

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I know I said it last fall when I was here for the first Artist’s Retreat but Capon Springs & Farm is a magical place.

It’s so off the beaten path that it’s hard to believe that it is just 35 miles from my Studio in Front Royal.  And I am always amazed that more local people don’t even know about it.  They are missing out on a real treat.

It’s beautiful here and the perfect place to hold an artist’s retreat…tons of inspiration.  Can’t wait to help folks learn to paint today!  Check Capon Springs out here.  It is a great place for a few days away to unwind.  And it’s not too late to come to the Retreat.  We’ll be here until Friday.

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