Annie was much loved and left a big hole in her family’s lives.
You may know the Fab Four as John, Paul, George and Ringo. Well, not where I live, we had Harry, Jack, Blue and Elsa. They were well known in these parts. Three Lurchers and a Collie cross. On any given day we could be seen crossing the meadow, woods and park with the Fab Four or, should I say, the Fast Four. They would run and run and run, in big loops before coming back for treats. My friends and I had to stop meeting for morning walks because the dogs were all over-exercising and beginning to suffer muscle related problems. I miss those days.
This is Jack and he is fast and funny and if you stand still chatting for too long he can jump as high as your shoulder from a standing position just to remind you he’s there … and bored … and wants to go home to crawl under the covers.
Around 49 years ago eleven year old me was standing on the open platform of the 168 bus waiting to get off at the next stop. There had obviously been some altercation between me and the dark haired Spanish schoolgirl standing in the aisle – but for the life of me I don’t remember what it was about – although I do remember surprising her (and myself) by sticking my finger in her Home Economics pudding and ending the argument on the spot. She was livid and I got off the bus.
That was the start of a friendship that has lasted throughout the years, across different countries, with never another crossed word.
Last weekend I made a surprise visit to Inma’s home in Spain with two paintings to celebrate her 60th birthday.
This is Luna, she’s a really sweet Miniature Yorkshire Terrior but don’t be fooled, she rules the roost!
This is Dino, the new addition to the family. He’s full of bounce and love sticks!
Of course, I asked them all if they wouldn’t mind posing with their paintings for me ….. just for a second!
Oh, come on Dino, no sad faces – you only had to put down the squeaky toy for a second!
Do you remember Birra from my April 2016 post Pequeño Perro Negro? (I’ll link it if I can find out how!) I couldn’t forget a quick photo of him too.
My stay was short and sweet, just for the weekend, but it was lovely to catch up again. Plenty of good food and drink – but no finger dipping in puddings this time
Click the link below to see to my journey to Spain with the paintings:
Earlier this year I visited my childhood friend in Spain and had a great time catching up with lots of old friends. It had been many years since we had seen each other, so many that I had never met my friend’s grown up daughter. When I returned back home I thought it would be nice if I made something to show my love and appreciation for their warm welcome. This is my gift.
Early in the Spring I was commissioned to paint a canvas of Arny, a very lively Jack Russell. The fun started when I visited the
terror terrier to take his photograph … … … he just wouldn’t sit still.
After a chase around the garden we went inside and after a bit of sofa hopping, Arny relaxed on the seat next to me with a dog chew and I managed to snap a photo of him, at last!
I like to take photos as I go along. Even though the painting can be right in front of me, it helps to see it from a different perspective.
I’m happy to say that I finished Arny’s portrait today, it’s now signed and photographed and is ready for delivery tomorrow. I’m nervously hoping Arny’s owners love the painting and hope I managed to capture his personality for them.
The other day I was scrolling through the address book on my phone and I noticed that the majority of my friends and family are represented on there by a photo of their pets! They play such a huge part in all our lives.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on a canvas of Blue, a very handsome Lurcher, as a gift for a very good friend of mine who celebrated a special birthday last week.
I’ve been commissioned to paint a black cat next and then I hope to get on with a mosaic I started a while ago, oh and I have a couple of wooden garden chairs I bought off ebay that need sanding and repainting and I quite fancy starting a patchwork quilt ………! I wish there were more hours in the day.