Laughing Dog Arts

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


First I want to say thank you for all the kind words you wrote to me commenting on Sadie's passing.  I appreciate your thoughtfulness.  I have been channeling my sadness into this little mixed media piece I created in homage to Sadie.
Sadie Smiles

I used some lines from a poem by Kenneth Rexroth titled Asagumori and it reads:

"Through the dew and dusk I walk the paths you walked,
My sleeves wet with memory."

I have been memorizing poetry this year in an attempt to keep my brain nimble.  The first big poem I saved to memory was The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe.  Believe me, it was a fun one, lots of words I'm not accustomed to using plus it is 18 verses long.  Have you read the whole thing lately?  Here it is: The Raven.  So I had to make a mixed media piece in honor of this poem:
Poe's Pets

He writes of the Raven that it is a "grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous bird of yore".
I created it on the back of an old record album.  This one too:
It isn't in homage to anything but I had fun using some new art supplies.  Namely, a stencil, some Inca Gold and some FW liquid acrylic ink.
The Sadie's Smile piece is created on a piece of wood I rescued from the wood shed.  This one is also on an old piece of wood:

It reads: "The sea always filled her with longing, tho for what she was never sure."
Close up where I attached some sand and beach glass and coral bits.

The words were written by Cornelia Funke.
Here you can see the side view showing the rough cut aspect of the wood.

And finally I will show you the book I created as part of my Pay It Forward giveaway.
The photo of the little sisters is my grandmother and her little sister.
 Dolly has received it so I can show it now.  We are in an online group called the Fiber Pirates.  Hence, the pirate card.
Some of the inside pages. I made it using a recycled mailing envelope and card stock cut to size.  It was a lot of fun to create.

It is odd only having one dog again.  No old dogs to walk very slowly with and to give pills to.  It seems I have had old or sick dogs for so long.  I used to have multiple dogs.  I found this photo in an album and want to share it with you.
Tasha, the Doberman, Kobos, the Pit Bull, Max, the little spaniel mix, and Pearl, the German Shepherd.  This is taken in about 1986? in my back field.  They were a great batch of dogs.  Tasha had been hit by a car once and it broke her leg so badly the vet decided to just fuse her elbow joint instead of removing the leg.  She couldn't bend it there and forever after people would look at her with pity and ask, "What's the matter with her leg?" and I would explain.  Plus she always had a raw spot on top of her foot because she would drag her leg along when she ran and it rubbed it. I tried bandaging it but the bandage would always fall off.  When she walked she would swing it around.  It never slowed her down but it got her extra treats from sympathetic people. 
 This is my favorite picture of Kobos.  She was my first Pit Bull and I have loved the breed ever since.
  I miss you all, my fine furry friends.♥  Wait for me!

Be well.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

So long Sadie

We always know this day will come and now it has come for Miss Sadie.

Back in the fall of 2010, the only dog I had was Rocky (click for the link to my post on Rocky) and he was not doing so well and I worried and fussed over him constantly.  One day, the neighbor said she had found what seemed to be a lost dog and suggested I come over and meet the dog.  So I did.  It was Miss Sadie. 

She was soaking wet having been found wandering along this remote gravel road in the pouring down rain.  But she was beautiful!  A gray faced elderly Golden Retriever.  I opened the sliding door of the van and she hopped right in, jumped up on the seat and settled right down.  So it was decided.  She came home to live with us.

It was perfect timing and she was the perfect dog to fill in as our new companion.  She was sweet and well mannered and Rocky and Sadie got along as though they were old friends.  No guarding the food or jealousy over who got petted first.  She helped me to be more relaxed with my old boy Rocky, took my intense focus off of him and just spread it out a bit.  We all perked up.
They don't look so perky here, you will just have to take my word for it!

All except for Charlie, my big black cat.  But he eventually came around.

Sadie loved to roll around on her back in the grass and the snow.  She loved to chase the tennis ball and play with toys and to go swimming. 
 youtube video showing Sadie at the river

Always such a polite lady, she didn't jump up on people but welcomed their attention and petting.  She had a problem with her breathing and panted heavily when she walked around. 
Sadie Breathless
It got worse and worse as she got older until eventually she would have incidents of her breath stopping entirely.  We thought she had died several times but then she would gasp and come back.  The past few months have been rough to watch her dragging around.  She had bad arthritis and was slightly paralyzed in her back legs.  Maybe because she always liked to lay with her legs behind her.

But she seemed to be one of the happiest of dogs, always greeted me with a smile.

She couldn't go for walks any more but would still play with her tennis ball and follow me all around the house and yard.  

She reached the grand old age of 14 back in January this year.  It has been a blessing to be her caretaker these past nearly 4 years.

Sadie was a lovely, loving, sweetheart of a big red dog and she will be much missed.  You brightened up my life and I thank you for that gift.  We won't forget you, Sadie.  Say "Hi" to Rocky for me, and all the rest of my gang.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Art Journaling to welcome spring

As we transition from winter to spring, I have been either outside working in the yard and garden on dry days, or, when it is pouring down rain, I am in the studio.

 This is one of my favorite journal pages.  I usually spend several sessions before I complete a journal page but this one went together as quickly as I could dry it.  I have been enjoying working in my journal a lot recently.
 Somewhere on this page I have listed most all the dogs I have had the pleasure of sharing my home with.  It is true, in case you didn't already know this about me, I love dogs!
 Here is the beginning of another journal spread.
 And here it is finished.  I think it is finished.....It says "There are things that we don't want to happen but have to accept, things we don't want to know but have to learn, and people and pets we can't live without but have to let go."
"Worry is like a rocking chair.  It gives you something to do but doesn't get you anywhere."
 My tribute to spring.  I planted some sweet pea seeds a week ago.  Nothing is up yet but hope springs eternal.  

The 21 Secrets classes start in a couple of days.  I'm glad it is still raining, this means I will have a good excuse to be inside, playing in my studio with the music blasting, checking out the new videos.  I hope you all are experiencing some nudges from spring, if not full blown verdant growth.

Till next time, when I will share some of my painting efforts,
Be well.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Celebrate the Hues of OZ!!

Linda at Olde Baggs 'n Stuft Shirts is hosting another Celebrate Oz party and you are invited!! I decided to play along this year when a piece I was working on insisted on turning into A Horse of a Different Color.
I have never played before so I don't know what I'm supposed to do other than create something with this Hues of Oz theme in mind.
I was working on another of my Dooleybobbers, using this great red wool felt and some wonderful scraps of colorful horse print fabrics.
As I added more horse fabrics, I thought, "Now that's a horse of a different color!"

And indeed it is.  I had fun making this piece.  It is 11"X10", fairly small as are most of my Dooleybobbers.

I hope you will check out Linda's blog and follow the links she will provide to the other participants of this Oz celebration.  I had fun, thanks for letting me play along!

Be well.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Coming Soon!

Hello friends and neighbors!  I am blog friends with Linda over at Olde Baggs 'n Stuft Shirts and decided to play along with the blog event she has hosted for several years running, Celebrate OZ!!  This year the theme is the Hues of Oz and while I didn't intend to play, while I was working on another Dooleybobber, it turned into an Oz theme so I am playing after all.  Check back on Friday, March 21st to see what my contribution will be.  Also you can find all the players listed on Linda's side bar on her blog.  or you can click the badge on my side bar to find out more about it.  No, you don't need to click your heels, just the badge!

This post is kind of a test run since I have been having trouble with getting a post up on blogger.  So I will show you today (hopefully) the journal page I finished just an hour ago.  
I Love Dogs

It's true.  I do. In case you didn't know that already.  This page lists all the dogs that have owned me, however briefly.  I am hoping there will soon be more.  In the meantime I am loving my Sadie and Windy.

Hope you will check back in this Friday and follow the various links to the other Oz players.  Linda always creates a wonderful post on her own.  Until then,
be well.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

February creations

Solar Flare
Continuing with my winter projects.  This hot pink/orange one is actually an older piece that I finally got around to finishing, putting the backing on it.  I have been using heavy copper wire as hangers for these dooleybobbers.

I just love these colors.
I had one block left over from the horse quilt I made, so used it to make a pillow cover.
This is another pillow cover I made from instructions I downloaded from Jane LaFazio.
Close up.  Not exactly a cozy pillow to rest ones head upon, but it looks good!
One final pillow made from bits and bobs I had around.  When I dye fabric I usually put spare strips of batting into the dye bath.  That is what I used on the above pillow where the buttons are.
Sending Out the Love
Here is my latest Dooleybobber.
Some people have asked me what a dooleybobber is.  That is the name I came up with to call this series I continue to work on.  A sort of generic term for a nameless thingamajig.  I believe it is unique to me because when I Google Dooleybobber, my work is the only thing that comes up.  Google tries to tell me I want Doodlebobbers but no, if you make it find Dooleybobbers, that is all mine!!!  Maybe I should patent it.
I've also made a couple of little books where I cut and fold a single piece of paper to create the pages.  They are fun.

Our snow is totally melted.  I heard we have had over 7 inches of rain in the past 5 days but luckily the river hasn't flooded so far.  Good thing the snow had mostly melted before this rain storm arrived.
I will leave you with this snow man skeleton.  I can see his ribs!!

Be well.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

New work, finally

Hello there!  It has been months since my last blog post but I have been busy making things. Above you can see a Dooleybobber, I lose track of their numbers so I titled this one All Wired Up.  Because I used a lot of wire bits on it.  There is a bit of copper screening and some wire I found on the road.
I made the little fabric bead after seeing the ones on Victoria Gertenbach's blog, The Silly BooDilly.  Her's are so gorgeous and she is selling a tutorial, in case you are interested.

I've had the little toothpick doll for years and finally found a use for it.
I took part in an art challenge/trade and this is what I created for it.  It is only 6"x6" not counting the rusty barb wire hanger.
It was a fun departure from my usual style.
This is my first attempt at something akin to encaustic.  I used color crayons after heating up the 6" clayboard.  I also attached a copy of an earlier work I did, the birds and poem.

I used a crackle medium for the initial base painting.  I like the way it looks in spots.

Here is another dooleybobber, what shall I call it? 
These are all small pieces.
another dooleybobber, close up.
I created the base fabric with scrim, silk and the needle felting machine.

I'm still making bed/lap quilts too.  I love this one, where I used some Laurel Burch fabrics and lots of my favorite colors.
The Horse Quilt.

I love the Indian maiden fabrics too.  These were the last little bits of this fabric.  I wish I had bought more of that years ago when I purchased it.
Sadie and Windy look all tuckered out!  It is snowing like crazy outside, we have nearly a foot of snow but it is so beautiful!  My birds are flocking in, I'm feeding out about twice as much bird seed as normal.
Come on over, sit yourself down take your shoes off, friend!

Hope you are all keeping safe and warm.  or cool, if you are in the southern hemisphere.

Be well.