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Olivia's Present

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While little Olivia dreamed of salmon treats and chasing mice, the UPS man delivered a large heavy box to our residence.



 "I don't know what's in it," said the man in brown. "But it is heavy!"
Oddly enough, I didn't have to sign for it and admired that big box for a bit.
A good friend of mine had thoughtfully purchased a cat tree for Olivia, but I didn't expect for it to be so huge...


And one that must be built.
I'm not a construction, hands on genius, but thankfully Rob was there to help assemble the big tower of cat scratching and infinite play time.


With very basic instructions, we were good to go.
Except the manual at times left off things that we had to figure out on our own or we had to use judgment.
A bit of easily resolved frustration.
Leaving things out of the equation- mainly the fuzzy cylinders and two medium sized scratching sticks, not everything was going to be screwed into the cat tree.


We "finished" it.
The cylinders…

I Miss You: The First Commission of 2012

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Not just in heart and spirit, Meano was to be forever immortalized in art.
Yes, I've drawn and painted him several times over the years, but this was different. I was asked and approached to create a piece about a wonderful, good dog friend.
With him being gone, I wanted to make it even more special, invoking every last aspect of love.


I had been given free reign on size and medium.
On black matboard, I began layering the oil pastels on thickly. (I only use my Holbein! Best pastels ever!) Yellows, oranges, browns, greens, reds, and blues built up a joyous, tongue dripping, rich butter faced dog.
For hours, I worked in various places- bedroom floor, living room table, in my friend's classroom, and at Starbucks. Such an honor, hearing compliments by family, friends, and strangers as I progressed.


I wanted the pastels to stand out, but couldn't leave the background black.
Didn't want to think of him in a dark, miserable place lacking sunshine and positive energy.
Doggy Heaven …