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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Irrigating the Pecan Orchard.

Irrigating the Pecan Orchard

6x8in  oil on canvas panel  $100.

I have painted the orchards quite a few times. Achieving the water
reflections can be a daunting task as all the trees
are planted in straight rows, but the trunks are apt to
lean  in slightly different directions.

Artist note.

This is an emergency fill-in for a painting I worked on for many hours
today and then dropped it because I tripped as I was moving over to where
I take photographs. My dog - called Kat, rushed over thinking
I was throwing a Frisbee. Get the picture. Think of a Blue Heeler with red, green
and multicolored patches over her face.
 It shows the magnitude of my love for Kat that she is still alive, but her ears
are set backwards and she looks quite dejected... most likely with my screams
of, drop it, drop it NOW, still ringing in her ears!
OR maybe it was the shampoo used to wash her face and neck.
If something like this has happened to you, please make me feel better
and share your own stories.
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  1. I'm so, so sorry to hear about your mishap. I didn't lose a painting, but, one day last summer shortly after we adopted two shih tzu puppies, I came home to two dioxizine purple-covered dogs (they looked like Easter eggs), one purple (formerly white)couch, and purple oil paint all over the carpeted stairs. My own fault, of course. I left a new tube of paint on an end table and they just had the best time with it while I was out. Luckily, Murphy's oil soap cleaned everything - including those rotten mutts.

  2. great story ...I am feeling a connection with a grin on my face.. Thanks for sharing, Sue.

  3. I paint my large acrylic canvases on the floor walking all around them, at five my Labrador would come in and plop himself down in the middle picking up on his shiny black coat whatever was wet at the time. He was telling me it was his dinner time and time to quit. I was his Omega. Sometimes that did good things for the painting, other times, no. But in the studio, I am my worst enemy. I drop stuff--like a whole, newly opened gallon of gesso which sprayed the place. I was scraping gesso droplets for months. Acrylics does have an advantage over oils when there's animals in the house. Sorry for your loss Julie.

    1. O.k. I admit to laughing at the visual of the lab plopping himself down. Smart dog figuring a way to get your attention. I guess with acrylics because they dry so fast it would not be quite such an mess.
      The gesso incident - well nothing can top that. Awful!

  4. Oh, Julie, I'm so sorry for your loss... Kat did her best to save your work. This is a good colorful dog :)

    But every cloud has a silver lining... Your emergency painting is a proof that the simple mixing of greens can be turned into a fascinating painting. Of course, only if one has such talent, knowledge and skills like yours, Julie!
    BTW, I also like more this wider fracturing.

  5. My black lab as all labs just wags and wags her tail. Little did I think of this when I placed two paintings to dry on the deck. I did think when I saw her walking down the hallway with three new colors on her tail! Good thing she is great company.

    1. I love this story. My dog has no tail to wag.Thanks for sharing, Helen.

  6. Incredible reflections..!! Wonderful emergency painting!! I'm not sure if I'm suppose to laugh at your post Julie but one can, when we use "visuals"....

    1. Yes - it is OK to laugh. I am now... couldn't earlier.

  7. Lovely painting and the reflections are superb.

  8. Thanks so much, Amanda. Your nails on DPW polka dot challenge were superb too


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