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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

September 11, 2014 / thepurpledogpaintingblog


This is my mother standing on the World Trade Center’s 107th floor of the South Tower while it was being built. My father was an electrical engineer who worked on it and my mother bribed the construction workers to let her go up there.


world trade center towers


While she was up there taking photos, I drew little square elephants on some of the girders that were waiting to go to the higher floors.

I know logically they were lost in the devastation and tragedy of that day and I know that it matters not a bit.

But somewhere in the back of my mind where I’m still a very little girl, I picture my elephants dancing and playing with the souls of the lost.

And while I grieve for all, I wish for them an eternity of joy and love.

And peace.
Always peace.


9/11 peace elephant.



©Virginia Spencer,, 2014

August 31, 2014 / thepurpledogpaintingblog

Happy Labor Day

Or Labour Day for my Canadian family, eh.

We don’t have any big plans this weekend.

We’re just going to be hanging around.


drawing dummy.

Enjoy the holiday weekend!



©Virginia Spencer,, 2014

August 15, 2014 / thepurpledogpaintingblog

Take me out to the Airshow..

Take me out to the airshow!


Airshow barrel roll plane.

Take me out with the crowd!


blowing up runway, airshow


Show me a bright orange plane

Flying high!


plane-orange-airshow-Quad Cities


Look! It’s a parachute up in the sky!


parachuter-flag-airshow-Quad Cities


And there’s three four AT-6 Texans

Leaving wide smoke trails..


plane-flying-airshow-Quad Cities.

For it’s a helicopter..


helicopter-airshow-Quad Cities


And a Zero


zero-plane-airshow-Quad Cities


And a Heritage Flight


 fighter jets-heritage-hisotry-planes


At the old Airshow!


plane airshow.






©Virginia Spencer,, 2014

July 4, 2014 / thepurpledogpaintingblog

Happy Fourth!

Happy Independence Day!

This is my town series.

All are ATC/ACEo size which is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches, the size of a regular playing card.

(these appear bigger on your screen then they are in real life)

Ink and watercolor.

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©Virginia Spencer,, 2014




May 24, 2014 / thepurpledogpaintingblog

First hummingbird!

There he is!

I’m serious there is a hummingbird in that apple tree.

appletree©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014


Can’t see it? That’s okay.

Sometimes things are hiding in plain sight.

sammybubble©Virginia Spencer,, 2014.

Can you see it?

hummertree©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014.

Come a little closer…

Too close!! Too close!!

sammylaugh©Virginia Spencer,, 2014.

Phew. There he is.

hummer1©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014.


Mmmm, that apple tree smelled delicious.

This painting was for a friend. It’s 11 x 14 inches, acrylic on canvas.

karem2©Virginia Spencer,, 2014.

And this acrylic, 4×4 inches is of a friend’s dog.

He made this face right after he nipped at my husband.

He’s working on not nipping and this face made me laugh!

bulldog2©Virginia Spencer,, 2014.


Have a good one!

I’ll be back soon…I’m writing poetry again.

Mwah ha ha ha!! (that’s my evil laugh!)



©Virginia Spencer,, 2014














May 2, 2014 / thepurpledogpaintingblog

It’s May?

Hmm, somehow I missed April.

I think what happened is that the spring came and I lost my mind.

But I did take some photos.

This is the Lock and Dam No 15, on the Mississippi River.

It is the largest existing roller dam in the world. It’s nickname is the “Washing Machine of Death”.

dum dum da dummmm

Nothing like a nickname that sounds like some cheap knockoff wrestling name.

“And in this corner, ladies and gentleman…the Washing Machineeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee of Death!!!!!!!!!!”

And the crowd goes wild!

It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places as “Lock and Dam No. 15 Historic District, #04000175 covering 3,590 acres (1,450 ha), 2 buildings, 9 structures, and 1 object.”  I know where the two buildings and nine structures are but what the heck is the one object?

dam©Virginia Spencer,, 2014


This is a water pumping station. (I think)

refelections©Virginia Spencer,, 2014.

This was taken inside the car wash.

Because that’s how I roll.

carwash©Virginia Spencer,, 2014.

And I made my own planet.

Iceplanet©Virginia Spencer, 2014.

I saw a dinosaur.

dinosaur©Virginia Spencer,, 2014


I painted a few tiny geese, with watercolor.

(I’ve painted these before but not with watercolor)

These are all ATC/ACEO size. (2.5 x 3.5 inches, the size of a playing card)

goose1©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014


goose2©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014


goose3©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014


And this is a sunset.

I’d like to claim that I meant to do that, but actually I was in a moving car.

And the camera was on the wrong setting.

SunFire©Virginia Spencer, 2014


Much like the setting I used to take a photo of the “Blood Moon” which incidentally is a much better nickname then the “Washing Machinnnnnnnnnne of Death!!!!”

The blue is the star Spica.

bloodmoon©Virginia Spencer,, 2014


That’s alright, you win some, you lose some.

I also wrote a poem about squirrels which I lost.

I think the squirrels may have stolen it.

Oh don’t me give me that cute face..

squirrel©Virginia Spencer,, 2014.

Ah well, have a good one!



©Virginia Spencer,, 2014

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