Laughing Dog Arts

Monday, July 30, 2018

More pet portraits

I have fallen in love with creating these paintings and can't stop!


Hippie Hopper

Lacey, dreaming


Party Llama

Lucy Loo


Pippa Papaya Pineapple Eshelpipi

Rooster may crow but the hen delivers the goods

Sandy Doo

Hammy, Lolly, Daisy

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Making hay while the sun shines

It may have been hot and humid in many other parts of the USA, but here in NW Oregon it has been quite cool and cloudy.  But finally the sun came out and my hay man, Ken, a neighbor, was able to bring his equipment over and start cutting in my field.
 First cut, with half the field still standing.
Above shows Ken turning the hay and making windrows for picking up with the baler to make bales.

 This is the cutter machine.
A close up on the cutting blades and the mechanism that pulls the grass towards the blades.
This machine turns the hay and gets it into the windrows.
This machine is called a Tedder rake.  It fluffs up the cut hay enabling it to dry more quickly.
 Here is the baler from the front where it gathers the cut dry hay.
 Then the bales are magically formed inside and pushed out here.
This baler uses two strings to tie up the bales.  These bales weigh about 55 to 65 pounds.
 This above piece of equipment is an elevator for getting the bales into the trailer.  It is hard to describe how it works but it is pulled along next to the trailer and you can see the chute on the bottom left side.  Bales get shuffled into the chute and pulled up by that barbed chain you can see that starts at the bottom and goes up to the top where the bale then falls out into the trailer.  Someone is on the trailer and they pick up the bale and place it in the stack.  I have never used one of these machines but find it interesting and ingenious.
I like the color and texture of the chute where the bales have rubbed the paint off and made it smooth as satin even though it looks rough and pitted.

The dogs like hunting in the fresh cut grass, it turns up lots of mice.
After the hay is baled it is time to get it in the barn.  We recruited our friend Jesse again this year to help.
 Drink plenty of fluids, it is hot and dusty work.

Jesse is tall and can reach high on the stack, plus he is in good condition.
The man in the middle is Ken, our hay man.  Steve (chain saw man) is on the right and the young man with the baby is Ken's son and grandson.  He likes to expose them right away to the hay process!  Many ranch kids learn to drive by being put in the truck to drive for the hay crew as they pick up bales, although I'm pretty sure they don't start them quite as young as this baby!
 Jesse and Chase, on top of the stack, heading for the barn.  I'm the driver, edging around in the field, stopping and starting while the men stack in the back of the pick up truck.
We were fortunate that the young men next door, Chase and Neal, noticed we were picking up bales and they came and helped with the last load.  My job was also unloading the truck but when Neal came, he took over for me so I didn't have much to do.  But I get to feed all that hay out slowly over the winter.  I'm glad the bales are only about 60 pounds, about half my weight.
Hay is in the barn and we are set for the winter feeding now!  Thanks for all the help, everyone!  They came in and had a big breakfast with us afterwards.  I should have gotten a picture of that too.
Happy to have that task accomplished safely for another year.
Be well.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Painting my Pets

I'm not actually painting my pets but am painting pictures of my pets in a whimsical style.  Having a lot of fun with it too.  I started with Roscoe.

 I worked on two at once so one could be drying while I worked on the other one.
 Then I started on Windy.

Of course I couldn't leave Gunnar out.
Loves Carrots
Then this girl slipped in.
The llamas said "Me next!"

I'm going to keep working on these paintings since I am having so much fun with them.  Using acrylic paint on recycled cereal box cardboard.  Our weather has moved into a cooler damper mode so hay harvesting is put off until the dry heat returns.  What are you doing with your summer?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Working in the forest

Living out here in the west Coast Range mountains, we heat with wood which of course means putting up firewood every year, usually about 6 or 7 cords.  Luckily, Chain saw man loves working his chain saws, which translates to lots of firewood.
Can you spot Roscoe above?
It also means lots of chainsaws.
These are just the ones he brings along for this wood cutting session.
And other tools of the trade.  That hook looking one below is a peavey, used for turning logs over.  He likes to paint his tools red to make them easier to see in the forest duff.
This maple wood is destined to be burned in the winter of 2019-20.  
 Above is next winters wood.  Some fir.
 Some maple we pulled out of our forest last summer.
 Our mostly empty wood storage shed, ready to be filled again.  On the right side of the photo you can see more stacked maple wood.  We had a big wind storm come through a couple of years ago and it knocked down lots of big leaf maple trees.  We have been harvesting it ever since.
 This is chainsaw man's work station, where he sharpens the chains and works on saws.  Most of his saws are Stil's.
He spent yesterday cleaning up these hand tools and putting new handles on some of them.  That double bit axe at the top left is an old hand forged one.  Looks brand new after he finished with it.
As I was walking around taking pictures this morning, I heard a scratchy noise and looked over to see this Douglas squirrel.  They like to chew on old antlers.  That is a moss covered elk antler he is chewing on that I found in the forest.  Squirrels have to keep their teeth filed down because they keep growing same as a beaver's teeth do.

The sun is shining, our hay is liable to be cut any day now.  Till next time, 
Be Well.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

ICAD or Index Card A Day

I'm participating in this challenge for the second year in a row.  You can check it out here: ICAD at the Daisy Yellow blog.  Here are my cards so far, not in order.




Feeding the Hummingbirds