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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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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”.

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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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January 22, 2014 / Virginia Spencer

Baby, it’s cold outside..

Things to do when it’s cold.

You can watch the sunrise.

sunrise©Virginia Spencer, 2014.

Then run amok and do handstands.

ZeusSammy©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014.

You could play Charades!!

(Here Sampson is acting out a scene from the movie “Tremors”.
He’s a huge Kevin Bacon fan.
Mostly because his name is Bacon.)
Sammy4©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014.

Or dance the Tarantella.

turkey4©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014.

Do a little miming.

(See he’s walking in the wind…)

nuthatch©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

Or challenge a friend to a staring contest.

(But trust me, you’re going to lose this one.)

eagleclose©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014.

Sing!

Singing©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014.

Or meditate

meditate©Virginia Spencer, 2014.

Or catch that red dot!

Zeus1©Virginia Spencer, 2014

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Invite some friends over for dinner.

Share a drink.

wchumm©Virginia Spencer, 2014.

And watch the moon rise.

MoonJan©Virginia Spencer, 2014

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January 19, 2014 / Virginia Spencer

The Eagles are back!

There was a mother eagle

Who was trying to get some rest.

eagle1©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014.

But oh no! Look behind her!

It’s a teenage raptor pest!

eagle2 ©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014.

So she cuffed the juvenile in the head!

eagle3©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014.

And left for parts unknown.

eagle5©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

The kid, he was proud to have his own roost.

eagle6 ©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014.

Until he realized that he was all alone..

Mom?
Mother??

Mommy?!?

eagle7©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014.

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