MEET THE MODEL: Sadie

Sadie dog belly up twisting and rolling in the grass

Sadie came our way from a friend who rescued her but could not keep her. She was medium, terrier-ish, energetic, and strong willed. At the time we had one dog, Doug, a large, barrel-chested mix of undetermined parentage (possibly Great Pyrenees and Labrador), sweet and playful. We did our best to introduce the two as … Read more

THE CHICKEN HOUSE STUDIO part 2: windows (shades shut)

Studio cat Boo, in shadow, viewing the green pastoral southern scene framed from the front window of the studio.

I have a lovely pastoral view from my studio. And when I first moved in I was thrilled to have clerestory windows to boot. More natural light! But I’ve pulled all the studio window shades shut in the front room where I spend most of my time. The painting room. Why you ask?

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MEET THE MODEL: Doug

Black dog (Doug) with white muzzle, tongue hanging low, one ear up one down, peering out of a soybean field.

The name of our first dog was inspired by a Gary Larson “far side” cartoon featuring a man peeking around a tree in a fenced yard, and a sales man at the gate looking at a sign that reads “Beware of Doug”* (My husband’s idea.) * I am not posting the cartoon here in respect … Read more