This post is about our menagerie of pets currently residing on the home place. We’ve had several dogs, a few cats, and now a feathered friend. Two of the pets arrived this year.
Cheeky the parakeet loves to have his cage rolled outdoors on nice days. In the shade, of course.
First there was the addition of Cheeky the parakeet. This is the first time that we’ve had an indoor bird so a bit different from the flocks of chickens we’ve had. Cheeky loves to have his cage rolled out onto the back porch where he can survey the yard. He gets excited when he sees other birds but otherwise seems happy. He particularly likes to have some grass and clover added to his feed. And when he gets going, he gives the most interesting concert of warbles and chirps.
Leo at a few weeks old. Ready for adventure.
Leo begging to sit in my lap while I paint. Not happening. But look at those eyes!
Leo taking a cat nap in my studio, right under my easel.
Leo the cat is our newest addition in June. I wasn’t prepared to have another cat after our old one died at the ripe old age of twenty-two. But, well, he was really cute. Leo has become a “mom” cat as he follows me wherever I go. He particularly likes hanging around in my studio. We initially had some disagreements on what he could climb on and what was off limits. Some firm scolding and a squirt bottle seems to have solved that problem.
Mikey the border collie. I can hardly take a picture outdoors without him photo bombing it. At least a tail or head or something.
Mikey in his favorite chair on the patio. Doesn’t look comfortable to me but he likes it.
Finally, there is Mikey the dog. Border collie to be more precise. This is our second border collie. They are very smart dogs but have really strong personalities. They like to herd everything, including when I push the wheelbarrow around the yard. He also photo bombs nearly every single outdoor photo that I take. How does he know? Mikey is a great guard dog. His job this time of year is keeping the raccoons out of the corn patch.
So, that’s our pet family. Not about art although I predict they will appear in some future paintings. Mikey already has.
Dreaming of Rabbits. Border collie painting, 18 x 24. Acrylic on canvas. Contemporary impressionism. Kit Miracle
This is a rare quiet moment of my dog Mikey. Anyone who has ever been owned by a border collie knows that they are power plants of energy, always ready for a walk, a ride or a new adventure. Mikey spends much of his days chasing squirrels, birds, rabbits, anything that moves, really. Here you see him in one of his other favorite pastimes. He climbs up onto a patio chair and takes a nap, even if no one else is around.
Artists who paint in a realist fashion are always advised to paint what you know. This is what I know. Just a common, everyday scene.
Painted on canvas in a contemporary impressionist style. Check out the muted colors of the shadows and the impatiens flowers. The lovely, soft colors are so easy to love.
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Happy Independence day, everyone! Celebrating here in the United States. Family, friends, plenty of good things to eat. And maybe a beautiful tour through the garden.
Calla Lily, Picasso variety, watercolor, pen and ink, 14.5 x 10.5, Kit Miracle
The calla lily is in bloom. This is the standard Picasso variety. It seems to require no care at all except to weed around it once in awhile. Unfortunately, Japanese beetles, slugs and snails love to munch on these lovely blossoms.
I love these tall, elegant blooms. They’re somewhat waxy in texture and will last a few days.
Calla lilies seemed to be a common motif in the art deco period, maybe for their simple lines and shapes. I also like their speckled leaves.
Calla Lily plant in the garden
Fair as a lily, and not only the pride of life, but the desire of his eyes.
Trusty Guard Dog, Mikey
On another front, the first planting of sweet corn is nearly ready; only a couple of days left. This time last year, the raccoons came one night and decimated the crop. Thus, our trusty guard dog is being posted out by the garden. Based on his enthusiastic barking last night, I think his presence was effective. A couple of more days before we can harvest. Mikey says he’s tired and needs some sleep.
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