Friday, March 30, 2012

New Acrylic Painting + Kitty update

I've been so busy outside I haven't done much painting lately, but last night I went into the studio and had a pretty productive couple hours. I've got a face painting gig on Saturday and they ask for a small donation for a silent auction and I've decided to donate this little guy. The art and craft show is to benefit a local no kill shelter in my county called Posey County Pound Puppies. So I thought a cute little dog would be perfect for the auction and I actually planned on painting this just for that purpose. I hope he gets a good home :) I think I'll name him "Can I go home with you?".  He's not quite finished, I need to add just a few little things. 

My poor kitty Glove is hanging in there. She started looking quite a bit better then all of a sudden I noticed she stopped drinking and eating again and I thought oh no, this is it. But Wednesday morning I got up and was petting her like normal and noticed this icky smell. I got to looking and she had an oozing wound on her little back end. I called the vet right away to get in because I knew in her current state she might not be able to heal very well. So I took her in and she had an abcess and they cleaned her up and clipped it away and discovered this giant hole! Turns out she had been bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider! I'll show you a picture at the bottom, so beware. Not a close up though.

We have Brown Recluse Spiders everywhere in my house, it's a constant threat for us. I worry about all the time. We have our home sprayed 4 times a year. God forbid my son get bit. But I never thought they would get through an animals fur, but then I remembered she has just had a lot of her fur clipped away due to all the matting. My poor baby! So it's been a couple days of anti-biotics, and I've been pampering her and feeding her with a spoon (she is so spoiled) and she is doing a lot better, Yay! She is eating, and wanting affection and I guess she has used up another one of her nine lives.

She also had some sort of colon clogging problem and the vet had to give her an enema. Ugh, I'm glad they did it and not me... lol. I left her there for an hour, so she wouldn't have a blow out in the cat carrier... haha  She's all unclogged now and he said it's soft food for her now for the rest of her life. No problemo, other than it stinks to high heaven, but she's worth it.

Here she is, hole and all the first day. It looks like it is healing pretty good now.

brown recluse spider bite at base of tail
IF you are a little morbid, like me and want to see a close go here.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Passing on some info and sharing some love

If you're like me, an artist trying to sell and market your work both online and in person, then you are probably reading all you can get your eyeballs on and taking away from it not only more confusion but also a sense of overwhelming despair that none of this is ever going to make sense or that you'll never have enough time to do it let alone keep creating more artwork.

Well, here's a little bit more to add to your arsenal of selling online 101's. And I do mean arsenal. But, fear not! This one is short and sweet and FREE and it makes sense. It not only explains the how but more importantly, the why. This is not rocket science people and sometimes just a friendly nudge from someone who sounds like they are successful and seems to know what they are doing all the while offering up some free tidbits of advice... well hot damn! Sign me up!

You can read this in literally 12 minutes and it's pleasing to look at. Seems pretty doable as well.

Now go! And then share. Because remember... you reap what you sow.

Dan Turner's 7 Keys to Selling Art Online

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Nine Lives?

Glove must've used one of her nine lives, she is still with me and doing better. I took her in to see the vet last Monday and they checked her over and told me that if she can't "go" (potty) that she wouldn't eat. 

She had so many mats on her that they clipped her something awful. (this is the before picture) She had a lot of matting near her little butt, so they shaved that all as well (she was really pissed,too). They sent me home with some critical care food and we were on a let's wait and see detail. She liked that food and ate it for a few days (little bits that I fed her with a spoon - yeah, I spoil my animals) and now is eating a little bit of her regular food and an occasional treat. She is drinking and using the liter box as she should. 

Her little back end waivers but she can still jump on the couch, but it may take a time or two for success. I'm so glad it wasn't quite her time yet, but sadly it is coming. I do not hold out false hope, as she is 20 after all. I've had enough animals in my time to know that their little light shines a bit brighter before they burn out. But for now I'm enjoying my borrowed time with her.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Sweet Glove...

My sweet kitty, Glove, has not been getting around to good lately. Today she is really worrying me. She usually can manage to jump on the couch and curls up there, but today she cannot. Poor thing. I moved the rug into the sun so she could soak it up. She seems to like it.

I know I probably don't have much time left with her gentle soul. It is sad, but she has given me such joy all this time and she's been with me and I have given her all my love. Almost 20 years now. I'm not sure when she was born, but she showed up at my house in the early fall of 1992 and had to be only about 7 weeks old then and stole my heart instantly. She is a Kentucky Girl and was my 2nd fur baby as an adult. Her and my other sweetie, Whiskey, lived together with us in the house until Whiskey died in 2006 when she was 16.

She doesn't seem to be in pain, but it must hurt her to get up and down and today her little back end doesn't seem to be cooperating. Doesn't it just break your heart to see your fur babies aging and knowing they won't be with us much longer. I always say that I don't understand why they can't live as long as we do.

Pray with me that she just peacefully sleeps into her next journey.

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Finished Oil Painting of Magnolias and sugar bowl

Hi everyone! I'm joining in PPF again :) Glad you could make it here. Today I'm sharing my first oil painting that I think is finished. I think. I fixed it from the first time I posted it - at least as best as I can now. (See the first jacked up one here) I'm loving the oils so far.

Have you tried oils? Or do you work in them often? I'd love any tips and/or advice you can offer :) Make sure to visit all the Party Goers at Paint Party Friday. Woo Hoo!

Stay safe today all my peeps who are in the large area that is expecting strong storms today with tornadoes (which includes me - YIKES!) Unfortunately, some of my near by areas was hit by the Leap Day tornadoes where people's lives were lost. My prayers are with the people suffering through devastation right now. They are in the storms path again. Harrisburg, Illinois is just 54 miles from me and they were hit hard with a F4 tornado and Newburgh, Indiana which is about 37 miles away got hit with an F1. Thankfully no lives were lost there. I have many friends living there. Keep an eye on the sky.

Have a great weekend.
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