Did I tell you that my dog is 14? Did I tell you that now he wants someone to sit with him at all times that he is awake until he falls asleep? Did I tell you that my studio is in the basement and he is afraid of coming down here? He is blind and for some reason he is afraid of coming down the stairs even though he goes up and down the upstairs of our tri level house just fine. So he stands on the top step and barks. Did I tell you he doesn’t have opposable thumbs so every time he wants out someone has to get the door for him and he wants out a lot! And he can’t always quite find his way out. Sometimes you have to carry him part of the way when he barks in the middle of the room? I bet you can guess it is inconvenient and sometimes exhausting and that I’m about to say.. I can’t get much done. But he is such a sweetie and I love him and he isn’t in pain.. He is just inconvenient and I’m trying my best to comfort him and just take the time with him for he won’t always be with us. This situation is a strong reminder to me that you need to be patient and caring even when it’s not convenient. And this moment won’t always be forever and when this moment stops…and we move on without him.. I’ll be sad and a lot heart broken. So maybe there are a few weeks you might not hear from me because I am couch sitting him. Maybe he just knows I need to slow down and be in the moment with him. Maybe..
Putting this down on paper really made me cry and I had to take a few days to look at it and process it. I love him so much! He has been a good boy.. and we are figuring out a good system for getting through the day of couch sitting. : - )
On to work.. while I can :-)
I have two new painting and I’ll let you see just one this week. Lol! I call the painting “what if you fly” and you can get it over here in my shop. It's matted and signed and ready to put in a frame. I did this one for my son’s girlfriend. We love Sophie and she has become part of our family over the last 2 years. I have been thinking since this summer that she needed and painting so I made this for her for Christmas.
I drew her out on watercolor paper and began painting the face.
Sophie’s hair is auburn and I really had a hard time getting this down but I think in the end I did a pretty good job.
When I chose the quote for this painting I had no idea that it was one of Sophie’s favorite. She was so excited when she read it! Made me so happy! It Reads “What if I fall? Oh, but darling, what if you fly?” The quote is by Erin Hanson.
Well that’s what’s on my workspace. Have a great week, I hear the dog call!