He had a steak his last day. And a princely ride in a dog carriage.
Wilson is gone. The sweetest that ever was. He loved us. We loved him. I think it was September 12th. Could that much time have already passed?
Our boy Wilson
His water bowls have less water every day and will soon be empty. The water is cloudy but I can’t bring myself to move it or clean it or touch it. I picked up some of the rawhide bones, but left others. In every room. He trusted us. We let him go.
After being skunked April 2015, and kitchen Sept 2016
I want to take it back. I changed my mind! But I couldn’t. His daddy Bert couldn’t.
He felt too bad too much of the time. So much coughing and trying to catch his breath through so much of his waking hours. And seizures. And staring off. He never complained.
The most helpful thing we read in those days before deciding was a vet, whose name I should have kept. He said, if you don’t have any doubts, you waited too long. I read too many horror stories from others who waited too long, all the pain and terror, and wished they could go back.
She came to the house. He ate snacks to the end. Of course he did! When she said he was gone I didn’t believe it. So warm still. Just eating a snack! Just moments ago. Wilson’s daddy Bert helped the vet carry the stretcher to the van. It drove away.
I talk to him still and try to pretend he is there. He is not. I am careful with my feet when getting up from my desk, so as not to jostle or wake him. I look at his pictures and tell him I’m sorry.
Our boy has gone. He was the sweetest and cutest that ever was. Ever ever.
Wilson Curtis aka The Cutest. September 2015.
Four with Masks
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ Ink, Copic Markers
Well, it’s been another month since I posted! I started this blog back in 2011 when I got back into drawing. These days I am less consistent about the posting but more consistent about the drawing. Really, we just need a couple more hours in a day. Right?!
Three More Flower Masks
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ink, Copics
If you visit from time to time, you know I switched to larger pencil drawings for a while, and I am planning to get back to that, maybe with some new projects! But I took a break to do all these pretty girls and their fancy accessories, for mail art swaps with other artists from illustratedatcs.com and atcsforall.com. (“atc” stands for artist trading cards, and their standard size is 2.5″ x 3.5″ – so I need to wear my glasses and I use an 005 Uni Pin pen for the tiniest details.)
Four with Antlers
Each 2.5″ x 3.5″ ink, Copic markers
Thanks so much for stopping by! Thanks so much to Paint Party Friday which includes many other artists with whom I trade blog visits – though not on a regular schedule these days!
Mundy Meadows Advisory Board,
9″ x 12″ pencil
Percy, and Rebel and Fortunata
Lots More Pencil Critters!
I’ve actually been back to Copic marker art cards the last week or two, but it’s been so long since I posted the art is piling up. So. Here’s some new pencil critters! I do like putting them in groups.
Hello to Paint Party Friday! I hope to post the other stuff I’ve been up to next week. Or uh, maybe the week after.
And one last thing. I know the world seems more horrible than ever. It is, and it isn’t. The media would rather make us crazy than inspire or calm us. But those sorts of stories are out there, too. And if you need a daily break, one option might be the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary on Facebook. SO MANY cute photos of sweet, old pups. :)
Life Drawing, May 22, 2016
Prismacolor Nu-pastels on toned paper, 18″ x 24″
I have mentioned my new life drawing adventure a few times, and finally here is some of it! I joined an open Sunday session (12:30-3:30) at the local art center. I only managed to make it to 7 of the first 10 sessions, but have just completed day one of the next 10.
The colorful fellow above was actually wearing a black hat and tuxedo jacket (with regular brown cigar), but I was trying out my Prismacolor Nu-pastels and wanted to use more colors. He’s a sort of naughty Willy Wonka I suppose (though not on purpose). :D
The next one is from my third 3-hour session with the Nu-pastels. This time it’s a bit of a Hindu goddess aesthetic rather than a Wonka one.
Life Drawing June 5, 2016
Prismacolor Nu-Pastels on toned paper, 18″ x 24″
The next is a portrait, so not exactly figure drawing. I probably spent more time on the hair than anything. This took three hours and I am pretty happy with it.
Life drawing June 12, 2016
18″ x 24″, graphite
And finally, this week’s figure using the full three hours. I didn’t show you all my attempts, but suffice it to say even a few weeks of practice can make a big difference!
Hello to Paint Party Friday, and thanks for visiting!
Tree Bird, 9″ x 12″ pencils
A tree! A bird! An odd creature at the bottom of the tree, wondering how it got there and where it was going and whether it was supposed to meet someone or was in the midst of an errand? Sometimes it’s hard to know.
Many pencil works happened this month! And I am squeaking a post into May, as I try not to think about how quickly this year is moving. Here’s more!
Winfred, with a small contingent of her many admirers, 9″ x 12″ pencil
A Turtle Merchant, 9″ x 12″ pencil
Cosmo and Bess, 9″ x 12″ pencil
So there you have it! I may put some in my shop, rather than leave them neglected in piles around my office. I hope everyone is enjoying their (speedily passing) 2016! Hello to Paint Party Friday.
Thanks so much for visiting!
Dash and Philipa
The latest 9″ x 12″ pencil drawing, Dash and Philipa. Perhaps you are of the opinion that Philipa should have more of the letter L or more of the letter P. Look, she spelled it for me and she should know!
I haven’t posted in a while. So here’s lots more pencil critters, new since the last post.
Fiona and Ming, Jules and Willow
Hat with Birds, Dingo
Fifi and Juniper, Irina in her party dress
You should be able to click on these images and enlarge them. But WordPress has been tinkering, or something, and things are not working like they once did. Arrgh! However, I have added these to my pencil portfolio, and you can see em a bit bigger there!
Thanks for dropping in!
Daisy, 9″ x 12″ pencils
Daisy in Progress
Daisy started as a sketch I considered using for a (requested) coloring page. I’ve been trying to practice/add more botanical elements as a way of making these recent portrait type pencil works more interesting.
You may remember these guys before the flowers:
Two in Flowers, 9″ x 12″ pencils
And more from the past couple weeks:
Ernestine in Cloche, Niles
Each 9″ x 12″ pencils
I have started a gallery of recent pencil art and here is a link. You can also get there via the menu at the top of the page, on the far right. The gallery is a work in progress and not working perfectly quite yet. (I may try to find another portfolio-making widget.)
Some excitement at the blog this weekend! Apparently some Indian hackers were using my bandwidth for Indian porn. (Nothing any of my visitors would ever see. No, they prefer to be sneaky and use some behind-the-scenes BS! But my hosting peeps Dreamhost run a thing called Stop the Hacker! so they let me know there was a problem.) And I am SO lucky to live with an excellent computer programmer who can fix such things. And he did. The end. :D
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Enid, 9″ x 12″ Pencils
So, instead of one or two nights like most of these 9×12 pencils I’ve been doing, I put in an extra couple days on this one for added depth and detail. Frequent visitors to this blog may recall my love of snoods!
And here is some of the rest of the gallery from the past couple weeks (with bird friends!):
Hamish with New Friend, Peko & Midori (click to enlarge)
Midge & Bordeaux, Lindy and Margaret (click to enlarge)
A few notes. So much smudging! In some cases, I have tried to remove the smudging (in Adobe Elements where I do most of my brightness corrections and resizing), but some still show more smudging that others. Also, I have included my blog address because while lots of people re-post images, many of them do not mean to “steal” but to share. Those sorts of folks will leave an identifier so I have included the link.
Friends, I must confess – I have THREE ink projects I have put off. The bad excuse is that I am in pencil mode! But the truth is that procrastination and fear of bad outcomes continue to bedevil me. That much said, I may have some inky things (and procrastination recovery to report) next time!
Thanks so much for dropping in! Hello to Paint Party Friday!
9″ x 12″ pencil
Hattie in progress, 9″ x 12″ pencil (click to enlarge)
Jim & Miranda
9″ x 12″ pencil
Giles with Bowtie
9″ x 12″ pencil
Still at it! 005 mechanical pencil with HB lead, and some 4B and new 8B Staedtler pencils.
Thanks to all for stopping by and leaving nice comments! Hello to Paint Party Friday!
Gump and Rosie, 9″ x 12″ pencil in progress
More pencils I have been working on. Now using the 005 HB mechanical pencil with a Staedtler 6B for extra dark bits (pupils, nostrils and a few other spots). They needed names, so they are Gump & Rosie.
9″ x 12″ pencil in progress (click to enlarge)
9″ x 12″ pencil in progress
Sometimes I get to a certain point and set it aside. This last one has been at this stage for a couple weeks and it’s not done but I haven’t decided what else to do with it. I think a background but I fear all the inevitable smudging.
Another good pencil video: How to Shade with a Pencil by LethalChris Drawing.
Hello to Paint Party Friday and thank you to all the recent visitors! It’s nice to be back in action. :D