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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..

heron_fish_fishing.

A blue heron fishing in icy waters..

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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”.

Hide!

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 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.

Dummy_christmas_art.

He thinks he’s sexy.

Christmas_model_bigfoot.

No wonder we have so many peeping Toms.

peeping_tom_turkey.

Yeah, I see you Tom Turkey.

That’s right, strut away all casual like.

But I know what you did..

turkey_wild_strut.

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

What do you have to say for yourself?

Westie_dog_groucho.

Really!

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

Acrylic, 8×10

Westie_painting_dog.

Don’t worry Zeus, I made you one too.

Acrylic, 8×10

dog-painting-lab.

What do you think of that, Zeus?

Lab_expression_funny.

Sigh…

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

landscape_winter-snow_painting.

Acrylic 3×5

landscape_snow_winter_painting

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014

November 27, 2014 / thepurpledogpaintingblog

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gobble.

thanksgiving_turkey_illinois.

Gobble

turkey_thanksgiving_wild.

Not a gobble gobble.

great-blue-heron

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Have a wonderful day.

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 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.

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tomb_doors_grave

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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

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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!”

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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?”

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“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

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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!”

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halloween_dummy_story.

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014

October 23, 2014 / thepurpledogpaintingblog

And the sign said..

Hats!!!

Oh I do like a nice looking sign.

tophat_hat_store_sign.

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

sign_restaurant_Arby's.

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.

sign_pig_ribs_restaurant.

Now this is a delicious sign.

Yeah, I made that.

sign_cupcakes_birthday

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And this is a happy sign.

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

Yippee!

sign_gas_station

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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.

sign_mascot_museum.

Mascots creep me out.

Especially the ones with really big furry heads.

Magical things happen..my 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…

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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.

sign_vegetable_corn_yoga.

This sign is a standard directive.

Eat!!

Okay. That’s a good bossy sign.

diner_sign_eat

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Hmm.

Bossy and a little disturbing

To the funeral home..

No! Just no!! Stop it.

sign_funeral_home

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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.

sign_liquor_store.

This sign is just pretty.

Store sign in Galena, Illinois

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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.

inn_galena_ink

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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.

painting_acrylic_corn

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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.

acrylic_landscape_painting

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Have a good one.

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 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.

maple_leaf_memorial

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014

September 19, 2014 / thepurpledogpaintingblog

Bzzzzzzzzzzz

Bzz!

bumble bee on a flower.

Bzzz, bzzz, bzzz.

Bzzz!

bumble bee and honey bee on a flower.

Bzzz! Bzzz!!

BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!

BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!

Daddy long legs and bumble bee on a flower.

Bzzz!

Bzzz..la..bzzz..la..bzzzz.

bumble bee on a pink sedum flower.

Bzzz?

Bee photobombing dummy.

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©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014

Bzz Bzz

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