Another Organic Mouser

I was happy to see this beautiful gopher snake this afternoon. Our mouse population is having a boom,

Have a Ducky Day!

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Hope your day is ducky!

Photobomb Friday!

Bliss and Phanny photobombed a puppy photo shoot.

Bliss and Phanny photobombed a puppy photo shoot.

On the Hunt

Yesterday we celebrated three years with Sailor with a nice pheasant hunt. He was joined by Bliss and Phanny. Tasha stayed home with the puppies. We’ll have to make it up to her.

Pheasant Hunting with our Golden Retrievers

Catching my Breath…What a Ride!

Wow! I’m stunned. When I catch my breath I’ll have more to say. Check out Tim’s post on the auction art competition for forestry education…

The Sierra Cascade Logging Conference is all over, but for the clean up. The Forestry Education Fund Auction was last night and it was a booming success. The final result of the entire fund-raiser was north of $100,000. Now if you’ve been following our blogs, you know that Mary (Sneaking Bliss) and I provide original art, […]

via Auction Results … HOLY CRAP! — THE FORESTER ARTIST

Off-Highway Hauler

Here’s my entry for the Head to Head/His and Hers Auction. Tim (The Forester Artist) and I will be competing at the Lumberjack Banquet & Education Auction on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. This auction fundraiser supports the Sierra-Cascade Environmental and Resource Fund. This non-profit educates the public, students, and teachers about the wise management of our forests.They provide scholarships for local students interested in careers in the industry. Many of the programs supported are aimed at educating the urban regions of California, about practices that assure the health of our forests.

They also sponsor:

  • Logging Conference Education Day
  • In-Woods Demonstration
  • FFA Forestry Competition

Hey, Tim, where’s yours?

Feather River Pine Mills butane-burning off-highway log truck. Feather Falls, CA. Truck number eleven driven by Hank Mitzel. Circa 1950.

Feather River Pine Mills butane-burning off-highway log truck. Feather Falls, CA. Truck number eleven driven by Hank Mitzel. Circa 1950.

Out of the Shadows

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.

Shhh. Don’t tell.

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Shadow map for an upcoming watercolor.

 

A Friendly Head to Head

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?

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Any Day Now

Tasha enjoying a beautiful winter day.

Tasha enjoying a beautiful winter day.

Tasha's puppies are due any day!

Tasha’s puppies are due any day!

Splash Dog Bliss

Fun times at dock jumping class with the crew from Shasta Splash Dogs. Phanny and Tasha build confidence as Bliss and Sailor take to flying off the dock with style.

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Fluffy puppy Phanny builds confidence in her jumps before taking on the full run. She took 1st place in side jumping.

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Tasha takes her leap from the side. Happy girl brought home 3rd for side jumping.

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Bliss’ 1st jump of the night.

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Bliss and Tim on her 2nd jump. She set the jump to beat.

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Sailor’s jump ties him with Bliss.

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Sailor’s tie-breaking jump gains another foot in distance for the longest of the beginners. Sailor brought home 1st and Bliss 2nd for the end jumps.