Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A beautiful view to wake up to

This is what I get to look at every morning when I go to train dogs in Stevenson, Wa.  Can you imagine anything better.  Yes, we are out in the woods by 6:30 a.m. it is a short drive of 15 minutes or so to see this. 

After a few minutes of looking at this we are off and running.  It is so beautiful and peaceful.  When ever my soul needs a little lifting nothing does it better then this place.  It reminds me of where I grew up in Lewiston, Idaho. 

Here is the boy who passed his test.  He had a rough start for his big day.  In the area we had set up for his test he put his nose into a wasp nest.  After about 10 minutes of making sure all the wasp were gone and all stingers were removed Eileen decided to do the test in another area that had been set up for my dog Murphy.  This was a pretty big thing for Eileen to do because that area had been set up  for Murphy (my dog) who has been certified for over 3 years.  We had that area set up with a pretty high degree of difficulty. 

Well Dante worked the area and correctly located and indicated on 3 sources in less then 15 minutes.  Pretty amazing little dog.  Here is the new certified dog team. 

Is he not just handsome?

Then after testing and training were completed for the day we sat on Karen's deck and enjoyed a nice cold beer and a dinner of ribs, corn on the cob and watermelon.  I cannot think of a better way to enjoy the evening.

I hope your weekend was inspirational and full of good times and friends.  I have found my passion for dog training and art have a lot of similarities. 

The one that stands out the most is how it has brought me one of the most amazing woman I have ever met.  She has become so important to me that I cannot image my life without her.  I am so very lucky to have Karen in my life and be able to call her my friend. 

Art has brought the other woman in my life that I feel blessed to have met and be able to call friend and that is Elena.  To be blessed with these two women who feed my soul and have made me a better person; is something I thank God for everyday.  I am a very luck woman.

I hope that your passion brings you the joys that mine have and continue to.  I believe that a passion should not only feed your soul but in some way make you a better person for those around you. 

Now go feed your passions.  Help them grow and may they bring wonderful people into your life.

Friday, July 16, 2010

New sketch

First off here is the canvas all framed and ready to go off to its new owner.  I had such a good time making this. 

I enrolled in Sharon's faces in technicolor class.  This lady is the sweetest and this is the second class I have taken from her.  Although my time has been very restricted so my class time has not been what it needs to be.  So last night I did a sketch that I will do on canvas for this class.  I won't be able to really work on it until Sunday or Monday; but thought I would give you a quick show of what I have started.

I see sveral things I would like to change on her such as her hair and her mouth is to plump on the bottom.  But over all I like it and think it will turn out well on canvas.

The canvas below was prepared using several different Goldens heavy body colors as well as different papers.  I have started the sketch in pencil.  The nose looks funky but will be cleaned up once I start painting.  The hair is was I am having the most difficulty with for some reason.

The left side will all be in shadows.  I am looking forward to working on this. 

I am off for the weekend to my friends in Stevenson Washington to do some dog training.  I will also be helping test a new dog in cadaver.  Wish this handler lots of luck.  The dog and handler are a wonderful team; but testing is always a nervious thing for handlers. 

My first test for Murphy I made myself so sick I was in bed for 2 days after the test.  The test its self went OK had lots of bumps but I truly just did not care I was so sick.  I beleive that is the only reason we passed.  I stayed out of Murphys way and he pulled me through.  That is what teams do.  When one member is down the other shoulders the responsibilty.  It does not matter if it is a dog or human.  When you train and spend a lot of time together you develop an understanding of each other.  

It has been a while since I have seen Karen and Emmi.  I am looking forward to arguing and talking dog training with her.  Setting on her back deck with a beer and looking at the view of the Gorge is something to behold.  Especially after a long hot day of training and or testing.  Yes, a weekend I am excited about.  I will show you pictures of the area when I get back. 

Now everyone have a wonderful weekend doing something that you feel passionate about.  This day will only come one time so treasure it.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Warrior woman Canvas

OK, finally completed the canvas.  As you saw in my last post her face was a bit too red; I was able to correct this and add a couple other elements.  This was really fun to create.  I have wanted to incorporate people I know and love into my art; I think I have finally found a way.  Let the fun begin as the say. 

Who does not want to be James Bond, a hot warrior chick or super model.  I love fantasy and all the possibilities.  I have so many ideas rolling around I cannot wait to get started.

Here is the finished piece I will get it framed today and give it to my brother.  Let me know if you see the little peeping tom lurking around.  Yes, that is a hint.

This is a close up shot showing the red has been taken out.  I am sorry for the quality of the photo.  I am still working on that skill.  Hopefully you get the idea. I also pumped up the volume of her hair.  Kick ass women always seem to have a ton of it blowing around.  Please tell me how do they keep it out of their eyes when they are doing their kicking butt routine.  Yes a question for the ages. 

I blurred him out so he does not show up clearly.  I kept him in his everyday clothes; well for no real reason. I put my brother in the piece because I remember when we where little he was always stumbling onto things, places he really probably should not.  Plus I just got a kick out of it to be honest, he is the little brother.  It also bug's him too know end seeing himself in the piece, that has a lot to do with it as well.  I am the older sister and I take my job of driving him crazy very seriously.   

I thing art should be fun.  It should incorporate things, people you love.  The imagination is our only limitation; let nothing else keep you from having fun with your art.  Yes there is frustrations when you are trying to learn something new; but that really is just part of the journey.   Make something fun, make something that when you look at it nothing but joy and pleasure is what you feel.  Summer is here enjoy it.