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10708562_10202980589610819_7668003375796016565_oYou know how much we love Rescue Pets!  And we admire the wonderful people who work at our shelter to help pets find homes.  Now here is a fun way  you can help and show off your favorite pet at the same time.  It’s time to submit entries for their upcoming calendar.  (Remember that Lincoln was Mr. January in the 2015 calendar.  You can see that here.)

Please enter your favorite pet photo in the calendar contest and help our shelter and the pets they are saving.  They do GREAT work and can use our help.  Here is the info and entry form.  Just click here: 2016calendar flyer revised

Thanks!

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An idea for an upcoming Retreat painting that is just sketched in

An idea for an upcoming Retreat painting that is just sketched in

A Pet Portrait commission in progress

A Pet Portrait commission in progress

An art class demo that needs just a little more work

An art class demo that needs just a little more work

I get questions all the time about “daily painting”.  The most often asked is “Do you paint every day?”  And the answer is “almost”.  When I first joined the daily  painting movement I did paint every day. And I completed a different small painting everyday….for a long time.  I did this for about 4 years.  Then I started working on larger paintings and while I painted every day I didn’t complete one each day.

But then I started offering other types of classes besides painting so it required me to create in other formats (like crocheting, multi-media, etc.) to prepare for classes so now my answer is that I create something everyday.  It may not always be a painting like it was in the beginning but I do something creative each and every day.

Right now I have a couple of paintings that I am working on that still need a little work to be finished.  Here are a couple.  You will hopefully see the finished paintings soon.

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Mamie Patriotic

Patriotic Mamie

Mamie Eisenhower Walker

Mamie Eisenhower Walker

Mamie dropping a toy in my lap to throw for fetch

Mamie dropping a toy in my lap to throw for fetch

Mamie sleeping on MY pillow-her favorite nap spot

Mamie sleeping on MY pillow-her favorite nap spot

Mamie with Snow Dog

Mamie with Snow Dog

The view of "Pitiful Mamie "when Mom leaves the house

The view of “Pitiful Mamie “when Mom leaves the house

A ride in the truck

A ride in the truck

Mamie and Lincoln Resting

Mamie and Lincoln Resting

Mamie's Tutu

Mamie’s Tutu

Two years ago today Mamie came to live with us.  (See that here.)

She was four years old and came in like a little whirlwind.  She has some treat aggression and a bad toy aggression problem.  But after a few months all that got worked out.

Now she runs our household.  She is the littlest one but every one “minds” her.

She is very demanding….especially when it comes to playing with her toys.  She loves to fetch.  And we love her so we “fetch” a lot!

So here’s to Mamie.  We are looking forward to many, many more good years with her.

Enjoy the many faces of Mamie as we celebrate her today!!!

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4 Years Ago

Abraham Lincoln Walker

Abraham Lincoln Walker

Lincoln looking handsome in a blue sweater

Lincoln looking handsome in a blue sweater

Lincoln in the snow Copy of Lincoln playing with duck 1 4 Lincolns Lincoln's mess 2 Lincoln and the Fish 1 Lincoln I got the chickenFriday was the 4th anniversary of Lincoln’s Adoption Day.  Apologies to Mr. Lincoln for letting it get by without a huge celebration.  We have been dealing with a LOT this weekend and now it’s time to make up for it.

Lincoln is quite a character but a VERY loving little boy.

He wants nothing more than to be loved by everyone.  We have painted Lincoln several time over the years…especially in the kids class.

Ethan and Lincoln

Ethan and Lincoln

He makes a great subject.

So Happy 4th Anniversary Lincoln.  We are so glad you are part of our family!!!

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Happy 5th Birthday Lincoln!

Copy of Lincoln playing with duck 2 Lincoln in the snow Lincoln and the Fish 1 Lincoln's mess 2Today is Lincoln’s Birthday!  Yes, that Lincoln and my Lincoln.  Since my Lincoln is adopted and we are not sure of his exact birthday we thought this would be the best date for him.  (We adopted him in the fall and the vet guessed that he was less than a  year old so we figured his birthday was sometime right after the first of the year.)

He has been a mess ever since we adopted him but he is our mess and we love him anyway.

So HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINCOLN…you little stinker!

A couple of  years ago my young artists painted Lincoln’s portrait.  It is one of my favorites.  See it here. 

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Paint Your Pet Workshop Jan 18

January 2014 Paint Your Pet Portrait Party

Yesterday afternoon we had another “Paint Your Pet’s Portrait” Party at the Blue Ridge Arts Council and the painters made wonderful renditions of their pets!  Just take a look.  And a couple of these folks have never painted before.  Can you believe it???!!!

 

Sophie

Sophie

Ashton

Ashton

After class I got to play with a couple of the “subjects” and they posed with their portraits.  Could they be any cuter?  This is Ashton and Sophie.

When are you going to join us?  The next “Paint Your Pet’s Portrait” Party is scheduled for February 15th at 3 p.m.  Be sure to contact me and sign up early and the class fills fast.  See you then.

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Pet Portraits 3 KodakYesterday afternoon we had the Kid’s “Paint Your Own Pet Portrait” Workshop.  It was so much fun!!!!  The kids did superb work on their portraits.  We had dogs, cats, and horses.  They were all so different and all so good!  Great job young artists.  I love seeing the enthusiasm of young painters creating beautiful art.

Many thanks to my good friend and great painter, Linda, who helped with this large group. Couldn’t have done it without your help.

We have an adult workshop today from 4-7.  Let me know if you want to come join us.

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