Bigfoot, puffins,turkeys, the Hokey Pokey and a castle in Germany.

Happy New Year’s all!  I know people usually make resolutions at this time of year. I was going to make a resolution to stop procrastinating. “Going to” being the operative phrase. Instead I was distracted by a marathon on the Animal Planet abut Bigfoot hunters. I learned much that day. I learned from this show that grown people can freak out over a infrared camera image of a cow. The cow did not appear to be offended and continued to chew grass looking mildly interested while these people danced around and claimed to have a “Squatch” on film. It was a very zen-like cow.

They also claimed that Bigfoot shuffles in the woods, knocks on trees, uses echo location to find each other (they must share a common ancestor with bats) , prefers to intimidate women, eats berries and deer and mumbles when they’re not yelling in exactly the same way that the Great Horned owl in my backyard does. But the most interesting thing I learned about Bigfoot was that Bigfoots (Bigfeets?) like to swim underneath waterfowl and drag them under the water. Now I don’t mind sharing the woods with a large mumbling, shuffling, misogynistic, omnivorous, apelike creature with bat ears but I draw the line at a large mumbling, shuffling, misogynistic, omnivorous, apelike creature with bat ears who thinks it’s funny to pick on innocent birds while they swim along minding their own business. That’s just mean.

Therefore when I went out the other day and heard some shuffling in the woods which was obviously being caused by something with big feet I was all ready to go out and have at it with the bird bullying Bigfoot. I was quite happy when I found that the noise was not being caused by a Bigfoot by instead was by a wild turkey doing the Hokey Pokey..

You put your right feather in,
You put your right feather out,
You put your right feather in,
And you shake it all about,

Turkeydance©Virginia Spencer,2012

You do the hokey pokey
and you turn yourself around
That what it’s all about.

turkeywings©Virginia Spencer,2012

Yay! You do the hooo-key do the hooo-key pokey…

Ahem. excuse me, the hokey pokey always get me carried away.

I have done a few paintings. I took a break for a bit seeing  as I hand painted about five million Christmas cards. Yup I did.

I did this miniature, ATC or ACEO size (2.5 by 3.5) in acrylic. As always, it will likely appear on your screen bigger then it actually is. It’s of some cliffs in Prince Edward Island which were covered in puffins. Unfortunately underneath the water a Bigfoot is lurking, giggling at the thought of pulling puffins under. Sigh.

The following mini is also acrylic and is 2.5 by 3.5 inches. It is of a tidal cave in New Brunswick. During low tide, you can wander into it and collect rocks. During hightide it is full of water and Bigfoots often snorkle inside it waiting for unsuspecting gulls.

The following mini is acrylic and is 2.5 by 3.5 inches. It is of Schloss Seehof in Bamberg, Germany which I visited many years ago. I don’t think there’s any Bigfoots there but we did have some German visitors last year and they were all obsessed with buying shoes so it is possible.

I hope you all are enjoying the start of your year!

Till next time….


©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012

22 thoughts on “Bigfoot, puffins,turkeys, the Hokey Pokey and a castle in Germany.

  1. Loved this post-I laughed so hard. And you have such talent. Oh, and please add me to your Christmas card list 🙂

  2. Happy New Year. I guess my e-mail did the trick. Great paintings and I love the turkey. Your backyard is full of visitors. Maybe you’ll get a photo of a Sasquatch…you never know. Love you.

  3. Those paintings are gorgeous. It’s not easy to put that much detail in minis that small and your
    technique is so smooth. I used to be a member of a website and traded with artists around the world, with the ACEOs (I think that’s the acronym. Then, on another site I sold them for 10 bucks. You could sell yours for more, I’m sure. Try I forgot about them and need to update.

  4. I’m a little late in checking your blog . . . what a beautiful Christmas image! I love the reflection in the front and the whole feeling of the piece. And who knew turkeys were so very beautiful! (and talented dancers – ha).

    Happy New Year!

  5. Wow! The turkey Hokey Pokeying is awesome photography, Virginia. Every feather of it!

    I can not manage to do these minis so drool over what you are able to accomplish on such a small format.

  6. What we can find in the woods! Actual animals instead of Bigfeet… Maybe the big turkey was too big for the Bigfeet. Great photographs, particularly the last one. I really like the acrylic paintings. My favourite is the cave in New Brunswick.

  7. I’m a newcomer to your blog, so my comments are ‘way out to date. But… photos like this can’t be passed up without praise. Just so impressed with the amount and availability of wildlife on the wing! Your photos of eagles, and especially the ducks in flight are so striking. Thanks for sharing them.

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