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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

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


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