Friday, December 03, 2010

Art and Arfs

Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we're stupid. ~Jules Feiffer

The art show was a little bit of a letdown this year -- they only put items out on the first floor and, while ALL of DD's stuff was shown (as opposed to last time when only two were up), there wasn't a lot to see.

We got there really early and ended up getting in and out almost before the show officially began, which was good, because by the time we left, the little art center was PACKED like a can of sardines.

In any case, and without further ado, here are DD's pieces of art.

Her barn (which was the first thing they did, and which she hurried through -- I think she learned her lesson, though, because her other items were fabulous):



This painting of fruit really looks amazing. While it's not perfect, you can really see her effort in the shiny spots on the fruit, etc. I was impressed:



Lastly, her glass mosaic. She was the only one in her class unafraid to grind class, so she did it for everyone (and has the nicks to prove it!):



In any case, we were able to get there, look at everything and still get to beginning agility on time.

Agility this week was a little crazy, though (Is there a full moon? New moon? Planets aligned funky?). We had dog fights both nights. Weds, the little Yorkie with aggression issues was grouchier than usual. I wasn't running in the class (my knee is not doing well ... another story for another day) so, I was in charge. I just love him to death, I really do, which is a good thing.

There was one run, though, that really just entailed taking very few steps and sending the dog out, so I decided to try it. DD sat down next to the Yorkie's mom (well, aunt really -- her sister hasn't been able to come lately), and when Dakota's run was over, she called her.

Bad idea.

Though this Yorkie doesn't mind Dakota for the most part, THIS time Dakota stepped on him and it set him off. DD threw her hand down in between them to keep Dakota from being bitten and got bitten herself. No blood, but her hand is bruised and he broke the skin. HOWEVER, before anyone gets up in arms -- she wasn't badly hurt, and was more concerned for the dogs. After class, she even gave the Yorkie lots of love... because he's reactive (was attacked BADLY by dogs as a puppy), but always has so much remorse afterward and would never intentionally bite a human. He's a work in progress... and we love to work with him. Besides, if DD decides to work with dogs as a career (and right now, that's in the running for certain) she's going to get bitten.

Last night, we have two dogs who are both there to get over their issues with other dogs. Unfortunately, one of them got away from her owner and ... of course... went charging over to the other one who had spent the class barking at her. I guess she'd just had it. I was closest, so leaped up, pulled them apart and then stood between them (her owner had her leash by now). Neither dog was hurt, just slobbered on, but we really don't usually have this many problems.

We won't talk about how I hurt my knee again. I jumped up without thinking. It's instinctive to try to keep the dogs safe.

Never a dull moment. And, I'm just praying my knee holds out for the next three weeks...

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I'm obscenely behind on visiting blogs ... I feel like I say that all the time, but I have such a strong desire to visit with you all. I hate missing. I'm gonna give it the old college try today (the plan is to stay home ALL DAY). Of course, DH is home and sick (he has a wicked cold), so who knows what the day may bring.

Please know I'm thinking of y'all!

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You Are a Perfectionist



You can see the big picture, but you sometimes find it overwhelming. You need to break things down into small chunks.

You act quickly but not impulsively. You think through your actions, even if only briefly.

You are a big dreamer. Your head is in the clouds with your latest scheme, and it's sometimes difficult to get you back down to earth.

You are content and harmonious. You've made your peace with the world.



Hmmm.... about 75% corrrect (the last is wrong, sadly).

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10 comments:

MJFredrick said...

Cute title, and I LOVE that mosaic! Gorgeous!

Joanna St. James said...

yay am #1 again
Poor DD she is a trooper and the painting with the fruits is very artsy, I went to the Picasso Museum in Antibes and I have to say your daughter is talented, you should look for grants and programs they have out there to encourage budding artists.

Joanna St. James said...

grrrh MJ

Maria Zannini said...

DD is an intuitive artist. The one thing most newbies forget to add is the reflection and shadows.

Smart DD. :-)

Dru said...

I love DD's work. She really has an eye for artwork.

You Are Easy on Yourself

You are a well rounded person who can see both small details and the whole picture. You are very balanced.

You act quickly but not impulsively. You think through your actions, even if only briefly.

You are a dreamer, but you often make sure to act on your dreams. You don't just like to imagine!

You are content and harmonious. You've made your peace with the world.


This is so accurate.

Melissa McClone said...

Great artwork. I really like how she did the fruit!

I'm also behind on bloghopping. But there's only so much time in the day. I do try to read my google reader, but I don't always get to commenting!

Brandy said...

I think my favorite is the mosaic. DD is very talented! Yikes on all the scuffles in Agility.


You Are Easy on Yourself
You are a well rounded person who can see both small details and the whole picture. You are very balanced.
You are slow to act. You like to weigh your options carefully before deciding what to do.
You are a dreamer, but you often make sure to act on your dreams. You don't just like to imagine!
You are a bit mysterious and withdrawn. You have deep spirituality that others can't grasp.

I have issues with the title of this one. I am in no way shape or form easy on myself. But, everything else is okay.

I hope you have a lovely day!

Tori Lennox said...

DD's artwork is awesome!

Liz Fichera said...

The artwork is gorgeous! What a talent!

Ceri Hebert said...

Beautiful art work! I love the mosaic. You have a very talented girl there!