My latest painted portrait is of Rimma. She's a beautiful chocolate lab that loves to be with her humans, especially when they are outside. They have watched her grow from a four pound puppy to a 64 pound bundle of love. She's almost the same color as her favorite sofa, so it's easy for her to nap inconspicuously. I think she may be a bit spoiled, but after all, she is just a furry four legged baby!
Here's another painting I created from a cell phone image provided to me by Herschel's human dad. It was a gift to Herschel's human mom for Christmas. I love getting to help Santa by creating a piece of art that captures memories!
On a recent trip to my Mom and Dad's, I decided to take some photos of the many beautiful flowers my Mom has in the yard. While I was taking the photos I looked up to find I had an audience. These cows all seemed quite curious about what I was doing. They are Amish cows, owned by my parent's Amish neighbors, so I guess they had never seen a camera before. ;) They stood staring at me until I got a little closer than they felt comfortable, then they started backing up, all the while still staring.
Skipper is always on watch for those pesky squirrels. He was staring out the window at the tree where two squirrels had been just a bit earlier. He barked and scared them off. He's a good watch dog!
Well....let's just say I've been busy and haven't had a chance to post photos. I've been taken them but there's been so much going on that I haven't had time to post. Here's the bulk of the catch up photos. [gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="2" orderby="title"]
Sugar lump is now nine months old. She recently competed in the Mutt Strutt Prettiest Dog contest and won runner up (she was robbed! she should have won!....not that I'm partial...) She is such a smart, sweet little girl. She can do all sorts of tricks. Her human mom, Lori Beth, is really proud of her!
My granddaughters have been wanting a dog for quite a while. The oldest finally talked mom into going to the shelter "just to look"....you know what that means.... Here's my new grandpuppy Jasper! He's part German shepherd and possibly part Husky with those blue eyes. He seems to be smart and has survived a week with four little girls and a cat. He's got a great personality and is already trying to "protect" the girls. I think he's going to be good dog!
My dog was having a fit at the sliding glass door this morning. When I looked out I saw this little guy. He was sitting on the edge of the patio and looked like he was staring at my dog. He tried to retreat into his shell when I opened the door. I got a few shots before he turned and quickly started across the back yard. He looked a lot like the turtle from Day170, but had red eyes instead of brown. He was moving faster than any turtle I've ever seen. Maybe he was afraid I was going to let the dog out again.
I don't know what kind of catepillars these are or if they turn into any type of pretty butterfly, but they can sure do damage to the trees. This is a neighbor's tree by the road. I noticed the webs while I was out walking. I had never looked quite as closely as I did at these, so I had never noticed that the catepillars seem to be eating the chlorophyll/green part of the leaves from the inside and leaving the membrane of the leaves intact. Not sure if you can tell what I'm talking about from the photo, but it is a bit amazing and creepy at the same time.
This is Big Ben, a beautiful solid black German Shepherd. He competes in agility and herding events. His human "mom" had lots of action shots of him from competition, but no portraits showing his big brown eyes. He is the best behaved dog I have ever worked with. My dog could take some lessons from Ben! :)
I took two of my granddaughters to feed the ducks. I don't know what kind this one is, but he seemed to be the "leader of the flock". He seem to be ordering the other ducks around, but didn't try to take the bread from them. I thought he had character because he was so different from the rest.
This little fellow just missed getting hit by the lawn mower. It took him most of the afternoon to make his way across the lawn. He wasn't real thrilled with getting his portrair made, but didn't completely hide.
Ok, I'll admit I didn't take these today. It's been a long, long day and I'm really tired......not a good excuse, but that's my story! Since I didn't have a new shot (that I liked) to post today, I thought I"d treat you to some remarkable cuteness. Sugar Lump is now six months old. I did a portrait session of her when she was three months old, and she has grown a lot for such a little puppy! Here is a sample of her six month portrait session that I recently shot. [gallery link="file" columns="2"]