Today is my birthday and when Dad called to wish me Happy Birthday, I couldn't even tell him how old I am now! "Think about this before you get another dog," I warned my Self.
Katie is not getting any younger either. I have been thinking of painting her since we adopted her 14 years ago. This week, I finally did it! I have always been intrigued by her white on white coloring, and imagined painting her on an antique ivory patterned bedspread which she used to sleep on years ago.
As I finished up painting Kate, Jim returned from the grocery store to say he had stopped at the SPCA and wanted me to go see two pooches he had seen. Reluctantly, I went. When we arrived, one of the dogs he had told me about was out front getting clipped and brushed. Fur and dog mess was everywhere! We went inside quickly. "No way," I thought to my Self.
In the kennel we met the other dog Jim wanted me to see. A shy little dog, 'Honey,' was in a kennel with another dog. She looked like a puppy, small with a cute rounded face. Reading her card, we discovered she was actually two years old ~ full grown! This little pooch was only 24 pounds, a doxidor: a dueschund/labrador mix. She charmed us both. Reluctantly, I agreed as Jim made arrangements to take her home to see if Kate would also approve.
Over the next few days we worked at getting to know each other. On the way home, she squirmed out of my arms and down between the back seats in the van into an afghan which was on the floor. When we got home, she wanted to stay there. At the house I found another afghan and put it down for her. Immediately she made another nest. She is a nester.
Nesting is something I have never been good at. It seems I am always running around doing something. Sit down and be still? Hard for me to imagine me doing that. Got to be DOING something.
Then I went and got another canvas. This time she stayed snoozing a little longer. Afraid she might move again, I continued at the fast pace. I liked the gestural quality of the first one, playful. "So what if my couch isn't really pink?" This way I can have a pink couch without having to live with it! Sleeping there on my spot on the sofa she continued teaching me how to play. The blue thing she is sleeping on is a needlepoint pillow I made 35 years ago. I not only let her sleep on it ~ I enjoyed painting it! I am a hard case, I admit. Transforming a workaholic? FAITH ... plays a woman! I guess an old dog CAN learn new tricks.
Note: 4 plein air paintings illustrate this article and may be obtained for republication.
By: Dorothy Fagan
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Dorothy Fagan, Artist, Speaker, Author; paints en plein air and writes dreams and interpretations of life and art in her Daily Painting Journal. www.dorothyfagan.com
Fagan earned her B. F. A. in Printmaking and Painting from East Carolina University and a ten-year Painting Mentorship with Robert B. Mayo, Valentine Museum, Richmond, VA. Her work is featured in two PBS specials and over two hundred collections in the U. S., England, Lebanon and Canada. She has written three books.