Monday, October 31, 2011

For Cat Lovers

When I was at a local animal shelter with my camera the other day, the manager asked me if I would mind photographing some of their cats. I am not really a cat person, mostly because of allergies, but I agreed to give it a try. These are my favorites from that photo shoot. I could have photographed the top cat all day --- he was so beautiful and photogenic!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Artist Trading Cards

(click image to enlarge) - SOLD OUT!

I just finished this series of Artist Trading Cards (3.5"x2.5"), and they are available for sale for $20 each, includes US postage. All proceeds will go to Hands, Hearts & Paws --- an all breed dog rescue where I volunteer. Recently they have had several owner surrenders that have needed extensive medical care, and their bank account is depleted. Email me or leave me a comment if you would like to purchase one (or more). Thanks!

This is one dog's story...
This dog was left tied up at a local shelter with a note that said he had been "injured for 3 months". He had a prong collar embedded in his neck that left several puncture wounds all the way around his neck when it was surgically removed. He also had a huge drain hole in the underside of his neck, that thankfully was allowing the infection from his wounds to drain. He later had a second surgery to remove a huge piece of wood that was puncturing his trachea. After all the x-rays, tests and surgeries, he is finally pain-free and healing, but his vet bills total $1000.

This is why I am fundraising for this rescue. Instead of euthanizing him as a hopeless situation, this rescue fought to find a surgeon that would try to save this dog. And now they need help paying his bills.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Another Dog Day

(Seems like every day is a dog day around here......LOL)

The newest photo of Mya and Zeke in the yard with their favorite ball. They were tuckered out, and both of them actually looked at me when I called their names for the photo!

This is one of the new guys in Hands, Hearts & Paws rescue. He is a little 12 pound terrier mix, and totally sweet and friendly.

I loved photographing Gilligan! He is so photogenic and fun-loving!

And one last photo, just to convince you of his cuteness!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, October 24, 2011

One of Those Things...

I am not a big fan of making or wearing nametags. Unfortunately, one of my art groups has added several new members recently, and as a result, it was decided that everyone should wear nametags for a while. So, last night I got busy and made a unique one for myself. And ... it is designed so that I can remove my name when I am done using it as a nametag, and I will have a small frame-able piece of collage art. Now that I can live with!

P.S. On another note, I sold two pieces of art to a new collector in the Netherlands this morning, and I am thrilled about that!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Another Adoption

Little Ms. Felicia was adopted on Friday morning, just one week after arriving in rescue. She was picked up as a stray and taken by animal control to a high kill shelter. We rescued her from there and transported her to Omaha. She loves playing in her new backyard with her cairn terrier sister, Gracie (on the right).

Here's the newest photo of Mya and our current foster yorkie, Evan. They are quite the pair --- similar in looks, but very different personalities. Mya is a little spitfire, always ready to play or chase something. Evan is a cuddlebug, always wanting to be held and loved.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, October 17, 2011

A Learning Experiment

I have been playing with spray paint and stencils, in an attempt to accentuate certain areas of a collage. In this collage, I wanted to bring the emphasis to her facial features. I used a piece of plastic needlepoint canvas as my stencil and spray painted around her face. I like the look, but next time I need to be a bit more precise. Black paint on her teeth is not very becoming! LOL

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Play Time for the Pups

Our current foster dog, Evan, really needs some socializing around other dogs. So I took him over to a friend's house to play for the afternoon...

JB in his basketball jersey, with his favorite ball

Annabelle in her new hoodie

Bella in her rhinestone-studded muscle T

Ribbons, one of her foster yorkies, about the same size as Evan

Mya with a toy that she discovered in the backyard

And Evan, just looking cute!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Autumn in the Yard

We love the large ash trees that shade our backyard in the summer and provide privacy from spring through summer, but now is the time that we realize how many leaves it takes to provide that shade and privacy. So far we have bagged 10 HUGE bags of leaves, and that is after the leaves have been mulched into tiny pieces!

After all that leaf raking and mulching, it was time for a little fun! I made 3 new chickadee feeders --- one for Mom and two for us. The little chickadees love the peanut butter or suet in these feeders. Once in a while I see a downy woodpecker on them, but usually it is the chickadees enjoying the feast.

And lastly, a couple more blushing peppers from the garden. Our tomatoes are done, but the peppers are still growing and producing. These two will be part of our supper tonight.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

A Great Day!

Today started with a papa cardinal at the feeder with his two fledglings. He was trying to keep them both fed and teach them how to eat on their own. Throughout the day, they made many trips to the feeder, and I had such fun watching them!
(Sorry for the photo quality --- it was taken through the window screen, as I didn't want to disturb them.)

And my day ended with a great adoption! This is little Hope (now Roxi), who is a maltese/yorkie mix that was rescued from a horrible breeder situation. She flourished in her foster home, and now she has a wonderful forever family with 3 little girls that are already spoiling her! These are the moments that make all the hard work and heartbreak of rescue work worthwhile.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Whirlwind Week

I don't know where the week went, but it flew by. On Thursday I traveled to Lawrence, KS to spend time with friends and attend a workshop on Saturday. On Friday we spent some time with our cameras at Clinton Lake and in downtown Lawrence.

Here are two of the many deer that we saw grazing and playing around the lake. They weren't easily spooked, so we got to enjoy them for quite a while before they ran off.

There were spider webs everywhere in the morning light! Almost every patch of grasses had a zillion webs to photograph, and the sunrise cast the perfect lighting.

This was one of my favorite photos from downtown Lawrence. I guess every town has its share of street artists!