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December 16, 2014 / thepurpledogpaintingblog

From Heron in…

I surely will know

That sometimes herons stay

Even where there is snow!

A blue heron fishing in an icehole..

A blue heron fishing..

A blue heron fishing..


A blue heron fishing in icy waters..


Strange but cool.

Please excuse the fuzziness, I was hiding, albeit badly, behind some reeds.

Judging by the look on his face in the last photo, he found me.

What a glare!

So I guess I’m “It”.





©Virginia Spencer,, 2014








December 9, 2014 / thepurpledogpaintingblog

Christmas Trees, Peeping Toms and Dog Portraits

It’s that time of year again.

Dummy was so excited to decorate the tree, he forgot to put his pants on.


He thinks he’s sexy.


No wonder we have so many peeping Toms.


Yeah, I see you Tom Turkey.

That’s right, strut away all casual like.

But I know what you did..


Sampson, I can’t believe you let them get that close to the house.

What do you have to say for yourself?



And to think, I made a portrait, just for you.

Acrylic, 8×10


Don’t worry Zeus, I made you one too.

Acrylic, 8×10


What do you think of that, Zeus?



Here’s a couple little landscapes too. Acrylic, 3×5


Acrylic 3×5




©Virginia Spencer,, 2014

November 27, 2014 / thepurpledogpaintingblog

Happy Thanksgiving!





Not a gobble gobble.



Have a wonderful day.



©Virginia Spencer,, 2014

October 31, 2014 / thepurpledogpaintingblog

Happy Halloween!

In a malevolent chilling dance

The wind, it leapt and tore

Through the broken greying rows

It pushed on the old tomb door.




The skeletons inside, they cheered

For freedom they did want

They dreamed of stretching their thin bones

And of the souls that they would haunt


An iron mouse, it raised its head

A shiver went down its spine

But Dummy who was dressed as a ghost

Said “Oh Pal, it’ll be just fine!”


He went to the pumpkin patch with the mouse

And shrieked a ghostly “Boo!”

The skeletons, they looked aghast

And stuttered “W-who are you?”


“I am a wicked scary ghost!”

“I’ve come to steal your bones!’

“Oh no! We need them!” they all sobbed

With great big racking moans


They ran to the safety of their tomb

Locking the door, crying “You are mean!”

To the iron mouse, Dummy bowed

And said “Happy Halloween!”





©Virginia Spencer,, 2014

October 23, 2014 / thepurpledogpaintingblog

And the sign said..


Oh I do like a nice looking sign.


I don’t like roast beef sandwiches but I had to admire this old school Arby’s sign.


I think it’s much nicer than a pig hawking his family’s wares while standing in a pit of fire.

Although he is kind of cute..

For a masochistic cannibal pig chef that is.


Now this is a delicious sign.

Yeah, I made that.



And this is a happy sign.

We’ve had some construction troubles with our bridges, so..




I fell in love this sign.

And yes it does rock.

Graffiti on a highway sign..

And of course there are always useful warning signs.


Mascots creep me out.

Especially the ones with really big furry heads.

Magical things ass.

This is the perfect sign to start a horror movie with..

Deep in the shadows, the foul stench of a thousand locker rooms emanated from a lumbering monstrosity. As it lifted its gargantuan head, its puppet mouth stretched in a voiceless scream.

They would know! They all would soon know..

The Horror,!

The Pain!

The Abomination that is matted faux fur…


Whew. I need to quiet down.

Oh good there’s a sign for that too.

Though I must admit, I’ve never seen a corn head that wasn’t calm.

So this is conclusively catatonic corn. Yummy.


This sign is a standard directive.


Okay. That’s a good bossy sign.




Bossy and a little disturbing

To the funeral home..

No! Just no!! Stop it.



This sign seems to be confused..

Is it Ed’s

Or Art’s

Or is it Ed’s & Art’s

Or Art’s & Ed’s.

Or is it Arts as in The Arts.

Can I go in there and buy some liquor and some canvases and then paint like Pollock?

I think I need a drink.

Ahh, I see what you did there.

Thank you very much.


This sign is just pretty.

Store sign in Galena, Illinois


Most of these signs are in or around Galena, Illinois which is where this Inn is.

This is a pen and ink, a little smaller than 3×5.

I did finish it in watercolor but for some reason forgot to photograph it before mailing it off.



If you want to see it in color, simply print it off and go to town with some crayons. Enjoy.

These are some calm colorful corn heads in acrylic. 3×5 on canvas.



And an autumn scene, in acrylic for a WetCanvas Mini challenge. 3×4 inches.

This is a real quickie. Took about fifteen minutes because sometimes it’s simply fun to throw paint around willy nilly.

And it also gives me the chance to use the word “willynilly”.

I don’t use willy nilly enough.

Or amok.

So run amok and paint willy nilly.



Have a good one.



©Virginia Spencer,, 2014

October 22, 2014 / thepurpledogpaintingblog

Oh Canada

Our deepest condolences to the family of the young soldier so brutally murdered today while performing a duty of the greatest honor.

May you rest in Peace.





©Virginia Spencer,, 2014

September 19, 2014 / thepurpledogpaintingblog



bumble bee on a flower.

Bzzz, bzzz, bzzz.


bumble bee and honey bee on a flower.

Bzzz! Bzzz!!



Daddy long legs and bumble bee on a flower.


bumble bee on a pink sedum flower.


Bee photobombing dummy.



©Virginia Spencer,, 2014

Bzz Bzz


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