Where are we now?

Brief Summary, scroll down for most recent post

Some years ago, I packed up my life and moved from grey, rainy Cork to a small village in the middle of Provence, along with my Long Suffering Husband and a small herd of beasts.  Time has moved on. This new and exciting life abroad has become our normal existence.

I’ve stopped riding, due to chronic back pain. Aero is officially retired and enjoying life as the undisputed King of his herd of five. Flurry gazes at me with mournful eyes and wonders why we no longer go tromping through the woods.  We lost a Small Brown Dog and gained a high-octane brown and white goofball.

The LSH packed in his high-paying day job last year and is slowly building a portrait photography business.

I work at the farm where the horses live, feeding and caring for 30-odd horses.  It doesn’t quite pay my livery bill, and I know I won’t be able to do it for ever.  I need another source of income…

and now I’ve rediscovered my long-lost love of art.  Frankly, I am amazed at what I am producing.  Maturity, patience, better attention to detail and a good teacher are all making me into a better artist.  My aim is to earn enough money from my art to keep paying my horses’ livery bill, and (hopefully) contribute to the monthly household income.

Surely that’ll be possible?

The blog as you know it will continue in its sporadic, random way below this pinned post.  For new visitors, you can find out a bit more about my past on my About Me page.

You can view my Art through the top link in the right sidebar (chestnut horse picture), and you can find information about commissions in the next link down (Dr Whooves picture).

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Using my Powers for Good – Epilogue

The Instagram and Facebook series of posts I did for Shiva. Please read all the way through to the end for the full story.

Shiva’s portrait will be on display in the Café du Cours, Reillanne for all of July, and in Galérie Cent Cinq in Apt from August 5th to 11th.  But if you’d like to help Cork DAWG help more dogs like Shiva by buying this portrait, get in touch. 100% of the money I receive from selling this piece will go to Cork DAWG.

Using my Powers for Good

While idly browsing through Facebook one evening, this face scrolled by.

Was it a love at first sight thing? I can’t truly say.  (But look at those eyes, how could anyone resist those eyes?)

We have three dogs, one of them being Cookie, aka The Hellhound, and one of them being Casey, aka The Blithering Idiot. There is no way on earth we can take on a fourth.  I scrolled on by, but I could not forget that face.

Over the next week or two, I went back for a second, and third, and maybe more, look.

She’s called Shiva and she’s an American Bulldog in the care of Cork Dog Action Welfare Group, the refuge where we got Rosie, The World Champion Slumberer. Apart from the fact that Shiva would be best as the only dog in a family, they say only good things about her on their website, (check it out, do!) but no, we absolutely cannot take on a fourth dog.  And there’s that Only Dog thing, too!

Could I paint her, and thus hold her forever in my heart? I took a screenshot (those eyes, those eyes!) and saved it into my Things I Might Paint folder.  And then I got very, very busy, trying to prepare for the biggest of the three (eeek!) exhibitions I have planned for this summer.  I had a definite theme in mind for that one, and Shiva did not fit in with my theme but, finally, I was happy with what I had produced for Poils et Plumes. (Cafe du Cours, Reillanne, 04110, July 2 – 30 if you’re in the area…)

I returned to my Things I Might Paint folder and those eyes stared at me once more. Was there a hint of accusation there? You could be doing something to help me, even if you can’t adopt me….

I contacted the lovely people at CDAWG.  Shiva is still with them, in a foster home, fortunately. Imagine that face stuck behind bars!

Could I paint her, I asked. One must always have the photographer’s permission, apparently.

Of course, her fosterer replied.  Anything that will give her more exposure will be good!

So here’s the deal. I’ll be painting Shiva and sharing progress as I go along.  I will exhibit her in the expo at La Biscuiterie in Cereste and at Galérie Cent Cinq in Apt, along with her history. If she is sold at either of those, I will donate 100% to CDAWG. If not, we will organise an on-line auction.

Whatever happens, you’ll be seeing a lot more of that smooshy face.

See? Using my powers for good. Just like The Avengers..