In the garden.

A hummingbird

A Monarch.

A finch, checking out its feet.

A swallowtail.

Another swallowtail.

And  of course, a Lesser Blue Warted Toadgon, native of the Indigo Forest of Cerulean.  It is one of the prettier invasive species though it’s a bit of a pest, stomping about and getting bluing everywhere.


©Virginia Spencer,, 2017


Ho, oh ho, oh no…

Ho! Ho! Ho!

It’s that time of year! It’s time for caroling!

It’s time to sing!

Hey! Hey! Where are you going cardinal?

cardinal2©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.


nuthatch2©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

Anyone? Blue Jay? I see you hiding behind that fence..

bluejay©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

Oh alright. No singing, I am going to strum my ukulele though.

Here’s some little snow scenes I’ve been painting while medicated heavily. Had a pretty serious illness, but I’m fine now. If you ever have vertigo, I thoroughly recommend painting. It’s incredibly hard but oddly entertaining at the same time. I felt like one of Leary’s hippies.

These are all acrylic, four inch squares.

trees©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

sunsettrees©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013,

Bunnytree©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

snowman©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

deersunset©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

icypond©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

So I was throwing the acrylic around left, right and center, then I tried to focus.

On snowman..and their lives of snow.

snowscene3©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

snowscene2©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

snowscene1©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

Hope everyone is having a good December!


©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013

“Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary”

This week’s weekly photo challenge is “solitary” as in one person in the photo solitary not the card game, which I play wayyyyy too much.

Anyway, this is an old shot of my son as a teenager. We lived in Colorado at the time and were fishing at a stocked goose pond on Fort Carson. The pond was the home of various geese that were in rehab. I didn’t even know geese drank.



So I snapped this shot and he went off to the other side of the pond to fish.

I innocently opened a bag of pretzels and the geese came closer. I looked up and they stopped.




Then I ate a pretzel and they came closer, pausing and acting quite nonchalant when I looked up at them again.

And every time I looked away and looked back they were closer and closer…

Staring at me with their little alcohol crazed eyes…



Eventually I was surrounded, my pretzels were absconded and my lawn chair was tortured and bitten in a way that no lawn chair should ever be tortured and bitten.

 I was jumping up and down and snapping a towel at them and all the people who were fishing completely ignored me.

I left thoroughly defeated, deluded, depretzeled …

But eventually I did go back, and there were no geese.

A mountain lion had come down to the pond with a bag of pretzels…

And that’s the end of their story.

So the moral of the story is, first off never put a geese rehab pond in the middle of a mountain lion’s range and secondly, if you think you’re alone, trust me you’re not. There are over six billion people on the planet and even better there’s more billions of birds and animals. You just need to go outside.

And take some pretzels.



If you would like to participate in the Weekly Photo Challenge, follow this link!




©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012



Blog open after maintenance..

House maintenance that is.

I’ve been painting up a storm lately. Well I’ve been painting up after a storm.

It rained and poured for forty days see days see

It rained and poured for forty days see days see

It rained!

And poured!

And stormed like crazy, baby

And it created a hole in my roof

So we ended up with a new ceiling in the garage, which we needed as it was. So that was okay.

I am awfully tired of white paint. It took many many coats of paints, I have blisters.

My husband being a smart man was away on business.  I did have some help though.

Until next time…when Dummy attempts to cross the backyard on an elephant…

Will this brave adventurer survive? Or will he be eaten by wild baby turkeys…

Or mauled by emerging cicadas..

(the ones with Elizabeth Taylor eyes are especially dangerous)

Or outwitted by Fox snakes pretending to be rattlers, those naughty naughty boys…

Stayed tuned for further developments…


©Virginia Spencer,, 2011

And now for something completely different…

After a long visit from some in-laws, my brain is too fried to paint. Or even put my studio where someone was sleeping back together.  So here are some photos of how I entertained myself while visiting Joggins Fossil Cliffs in Nova Scotia with my sisters last year.  I did not find any fossils (my sisters did though) so I decided to play with the rocks instead. 




 I have a painting in my head so I’ll be back to normal soon, whatever normal is.