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August 31, 2014 / Virginia Spencer

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.

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drawing dummy.

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

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August 15, 2014 / Virginia Spencer

Take me out to the Airshow..

Take me out to the airshow!

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Airshow barrel roll plane.

Take me out with the crowd!

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blowing up runway, airshow

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Show me a bright orange plane

Flying high!

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plane-orange-airshow-Quad Cities

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Look! It’s a parachute up in the sky!

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parachuter-flag-airshow-Quad Cities

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And there’s three four AT-6 Texans

Leaving wide smoke trails..

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plane-flying-airshow-Quad Cities.

For it’s a helicopter..

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helicopter-airshow-Quad Cities

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And a Zero

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zero-plane-airshow-Quad Cities

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And a Heritage Flight

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At the old Airshow!

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plane airshow.

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fighter-jet-F22-military

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July 4, 2014 / Virginia Spencer

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, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014

 

 

 

May 24, 2014 / Virginia Spencer

First hummingbird!

There he is!

I’m serious there is a hummingbird in that apple tree.
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appletree©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014

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Can’t see it? That’s okay.

Sometimes things are hiding in plain sight.

sammybubble©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014.

Can you see it?

hummertree©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014.

Come a little closer…

Too close!! Too close!!

sammylaugh©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014.

Phew. There he is.

hummer1©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014.

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Mmmm, that apple tree smelled delicious.

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

karem2©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 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, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014.

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Have a good one!

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

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

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May 2, 2014 / Virginia Spencer

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, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014

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This is a water pumping station. (I think)

refelections©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014.

This was taken inside the car wash.

Because that’s how I roll.

carwash©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014.

And I made my own planet.

Iceplanet©Virginia Spencer, 2014.

I saw a dinosaur.

dinosaur©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014

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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

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goose2©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014

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goose3©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014

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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

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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, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014

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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, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014.

Ah well, have a good one!

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March 22, 2014 / Virginia Spencer

How to take a selfie.

Zeus tells me that selfies are all the rage.

As he is so obsessed, I decided to give him a few guidelines.

Sit! Stay! Read!

1) Know your good side. Everyone has a certain angle that makes them look great.

But watch your expression, a little whale eye goes a long way.

Zeusselfie6©Virginia Spencer, 2014.

2) The eyes are the window to the soul so work those babies.

Zeusselfie1©Virginia Spencer, 2014.

3) Highlight your best feature. Zeus is unusually fond of his nose.

Zeusselfie4©Virginia Spencer, 2014.

4)  Use the cropping tool to make a dramatic yet strangely coy statement.

Zeusselfie3©Virginia Spencer, 2014.

6) Add a filter. Resist the urge to overuse filters though. I know some people who use so many filters, that even though I’ve seen dozens of photos of them, I don’t actually know what they look like.

Zeusselfie2©Virginia Spencer, 2014.

Well I hope those are helpful.

A final word to the wise, letting your furry pal borrow your phone for a few selfies is one thing but for the love of dog don’t let him download apps especially if they, like Zeus, are a bird dog and they find out about those games with the extremely vexed birds throwing themselves at thieving porcines.

Trust me, you will never get your phone back.

Sigh.

Have a good one.

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February 14, 2014 / Virginia Spencer

Happy Valentine’s Day!

deerkiss©Virginia Spencer, 2014.

Deer kiss. Or dear kiss.

They both work.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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