I’ve found that when I paint a piece with strong shadows, it helps to do a rough shadow map. I usually rough them out in pencil. Then in the spirit of competing with Tim, The Forester Artist, I thought a shadow map using his pens would be a good bet.
Once again, Tim (The Forester Artist) and I are competing head-to-head in an auction for the Sierra-Cascade Environmental and Resource Fund. He soundly defeated me last year at the Education Auction Dinner. I hope to turn the tables this year.
Tim thinks he knows what I’ve been working on. But, I’ve been concealing my piece until it’s ready for the reveal. He sees bits and pieces, here and there. I see no need to give him a heads up as to what I’ve been working on. Do you?
Today marked a milestone for our Golden Retriever pup, Phanny – Saturday Night Redtail Phantom. We took her for her first pheasant hunt. Initially, she thought we were just out for a stroll, enjoying a pleasant December day. To her surprise, there was a nice rooster pheasant in the grassy cover.
Early the other morning, I caught these shots of our new young hunter through the window from inside the house. Magnus, our six-month-old Manx kitten, has stepped up to the job of keeping the rodent population in check. Good job Magnus!
Earlier this month, Tim and I headed north to Saturday Night Golden Retrievers in Montana with Sailor, Tasha, and Bliss. We were on a special mission to bring home the newest addition to our retrievers.
Welcome home Phanny, our little Saturday Night Redtail Phantom.
Phanny’s off to a nice start. Bliss thinks we got a new puppy just for her as a playmate. Tasha keeps an eye on her. Sailor’s worried about sharing. Phanny is taking it all in. She loves swimming and getting her start as a hunting retriever. Here are some shots of Phanny’s first week home. Click to enlarge.
When you’re done here, check out Tim’s post and photos of the road trip.
Saturday Night Redtail Phantom – “Phanny”
The two of us in the meadow by the barn at the Flament’s. Home of Saturday Night Golden Retrievers.
“Lulu” Saturday Night Shenanigans – Phanny’s Dam
“Canuck” Heads Up Run For The Border RN – Phanny’s Sire
I took an opportunity to do a few drills with Sailor once we reached Saturday Night Golden Retrievers.
Tasha, Sailor, and Bliss by the creek the day before we left with Phanny.
We enjoyed the antelope in both Idaho and Montana.
We stopped at the Gallatin River for a family shot on our way to the west side of Yellowstone while heading home.
A wintery scene from Yellowstone.
Sailor watched the scenery, especially when beasts were about.
Now that’s nothing like the cows next door.
We enjoyed stopping for photo opportunities along the way.
Snake river canyon.
Phanny sleeping in the RV on the way home.
About half way home near the border between Idaho and Nevada, Tim snapped this shot of me with Phanny.
Phanny in the Idaho desert before crossing into Nevada.
Phanny sneaks a moment with Tim.
Wait for me!
Phanny tries really hard to keep up with Sailor.
The first shot of the pack at home. L-R: Bliss, Tasha, Phanny, Sailor
Wait for me. Phanny follows the big dogs into the little pond.
The nice cool water felt pretty good.
A natural born swimmer.
Invigorated by her first swim, Phanny shares her enthusiasm.
7-week-old Phanny meets her first live bird her first full day home.
It won’t be long and Phanny won’t fit into the cats’ house.
Phanny knocked the food bag over and helped herself.
Sailor shows Phanny how to frolic on the grass.
Phanny all misty from rolling in the morning dew.
Phanny meets the chickens. Later she will learn these are “no birds.”
Phanny in the blue lupin.
Tasha slips into the pond in an attempt to escape the pesky puppy.
Phanny and Sailor learning to share.
Planning a stick thieving strike.
Bliss plans a twig thieving strike.
Phanny is determined to snatch the ball from Tasha.
Bliss, Sailor, Tasha and Phanny in front.
Training starts early.
Phanny carries her prize.
Keeping a sharp eye on it.
Phanny marks her first water retrieve.
Better grab fast.
Proud puppy success.
Right into my hands with the bird.
Enjoying the moment. A good start for a future hunter.
“You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘Wow, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!’”
blissful eyes reflect
absolute trust devotion
For National Pet Day, I started with a quote in answer to Elusive Trope’s 3-day quote challenge. And of course, a poem for NaPoWriMo. My neocolor drawing is a portrait of Bliss, one of the beautiful golden retrievers who shares the life of Tim, The Forester Artist. When he posted this photo in January, I remarked to him that her face begged to be drawn. It’s taken me awhile, but she is a perfect poster girl for the day.
It’s been a long time since I drew any dogs. I did a few drawings and paintings of one of my roommate’s wonderful dogs, Bacchus, 40+ years ago, and I think I…