June 7, 2011

White Dog hopped up and said, "It is getting downright crowded in here. Doesn't that effect your light or something?" She was referring to YoYoMa sprawled next to my easel, Puff watching from behind the paint cabinet and Nuka sunning herself pressed against the other side of the patio door. I was working on our baby gift for Lisa, from The World of Hansel mommeh to Hansel, Tesla, Benny and soon to arrive human baby, Ava.

White Dog has always been my muse and critic as I work but it was a bit strange having such a big audience. For some of the WDA, this was a novel experience; they have never seen me in artist's mode. Quinn long ago let me know that he was more in tune with Steve's architecture than with my expressions so he usually leaves me to my work.

Each time I rummaged through the drawers to find a particular color, SAWD lifted her head to sniff the tube. White Dog peered at my palette as I mixed hues and offered a running critique. At one point I tried to shift for a better angle on a tricky piece but found myself immobilized by YAWD's position--front legs wrapped around the easel and back end on my foot. The swamp cooler gently wafted sweet cool air over us all. AWD gave up her deck spot to Quinn and came inside to take a position guarding the door.

For a long time I worked surrounded by my Army of White Dogs and the creative activity became a lesson in relaxing and letting things "flow." The pups filled the room with serenity punctuated by birds singing outside the window and shadow patterns filtering through the leaves. If art does truly become imbued with the emotions present at its creation little Ava will receive a gift of soothing contentment and love.

Most days my life is wonderful.


Suka said...

hey White Dog Army,

What a creative relaxing day! And it sounds like a wonderful atmosphere to let your thoughts wonder and your dreams fly. :->

Your mom is very fortunate to have so many wonderful days. And you pups are very fortunate to be surrounded by such love and creative energy. Enjoy!


p.s. Just read your blog from last night. With no TV, we had no idea the fires were so bad. Our hearts and prayers go out to every human and animal. Thanks for informing on the situation.

Brian said...

The WDA is truly a gift to all of us!

Mack said...

Mom so wishes she could paint.
We can't wait to see the finished masterpiece!

Luv ya,

Amy and The House of Cats said...

I think it is great that the White Dog Army was there while you were making the painting for Ava because we think it will add a lot of their feelings to the painting too, along with yours. Ava is very lucky!

Remington said...

I LOVE being with Beth when she is getting all creative....it's very relaxing....

meowmeowmans said...

Wow, that sounds like a wonderful creative session. We bet that gift is going to be amazing, and filled with White Dog blessings!

We are purring and praying for you, and all the others affected by the wildfires.

Kari in WeHo said...

sounds wonderfully creative


Bailey Be Good! said...

I LOVE when mommy has art days! Sooo many things to sniff at (and run away with, heh).

Hope the smell isn't bad by you anymore.

Happy Wednesday woofs & hugs,


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

What a very sweet post!