Sunday, July 12, 2009

In Loving Memory Of My Dog, Snickers

This photo was taken when Snickers was much younger, approximately 8 years ago when he was in the prime of his life.

Our sweet and gentle dog, Snickers Buddy Boy was laid to rest on Friday, July 10th. Snickers was a character. He's was the only dog I've ever known that would look at a bug and "gag". It was one of the many things that made him special to us. In his younger days, whenever my husband mowed the lawn, Snickers would be right there following him up/down until the work was done. It was quite amazing to us and our neighbors. Whenever a neighbors dog got loose, it always seemed to make their way over to our house to visit Snickers. He was loved by everyone, dogs and people alike. His favorite food was pizza and we could never get through a meal without sharing some with him.

We adopted Snickers from the New Rochelle, NY Humane Society in May 1998. We're not sure how old he was at the time. We guess he was around a year old. We gave Snickers the best life. Snickers lived with us surrounded by unconditional love, never abused or neglected and in fact, lived a very cushioned life. He will always remain in our hearts.

The Bird Nest

Birds seem to love our house, particularly the window frames to build their nests. For weeks, a bird couple have been busy creating an elaborate nest for their new family. The nest is on top of a window frame on my front porch. I thought I would get a peek inside to see if there were babies. I got out a step ladder and used a mirror, positioning it above the nest so I can see inside. To my delight, I saw these five, brown speckled eggs. My best guess is the eggs are about an inch long. Inside, you can see the bird parents gathered up dried grass and their feathers to cushion the nest.
The birds have not abandoned their eggs. We can see them from our window flying in/out. I'm not sure when the eggs will hatch or the species of the birds. I'll be watching and listening in the coming days for new life to emerge. Hopefully, I'll be able to get a picture of the birds so I can try to identify their species.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Pencil Drawing

I did this pencil drawing of my son back in 2005 when he was 3 years old. We were sitting in a restaurant, and the inspiration hit me to give it a try. I was just starting to teach myself to draw so I'm happy with the result. Using the image in my photoshop, I created a framed border for the art work.
Don't ask me how I do this because I don't know exactly how to explain it. When I was in junior high school, a teacher thought I had an aptitude for creating art. I pretty much dismissed the whole idea not appreciating her observation. My mother tried to convince me in a small way to take an artistic path but that fell on deaf ears also. I guess my inspiration to draw and paint artwork springs from creating jewelry. It gave me the confidence to begin. Being creative is very much a part of who I am as a person. I'm finally able to appreciate this part of myself. It's only taken 30 plus years to arrive where I am right now artistically.

A photo of my son recently taken with our pup, Sirius

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