Ode to a Turkey

There is a turkey in my yard
I don’t know what he wants

He struts to and fro
And yells oh such nasty taunts


He waggles his wattles
And snoozles his snood


And he blocked the driveway
Cause he’s in a fowl mood

But I will not let him
Get to me


For instead I have painted
A watercolor tree.

watercolor tree blog art.

The End



©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2015


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..


A blue heron fishing in icy waters..


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”.





©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014








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, thepurpledogpaintingblog.com, 2014

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”.

dum dum da dummmm

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


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


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


goose2©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014


goose3©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2014


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


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


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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Happy Fourth!

We watched the fireworks last night over the Mississippi. It was beautiful out by the river.

While waiting for the sun to set, people played baseball.

mississippi2©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

People relaxed on the levees.

mississippi©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

Some even relaxed in the train yard.

Yup in the train yard, right after a long train went through. I think the fire is a nice touch. Nothing says Independence like felony trespass with a soupçon of arson.

I have disguised their identities and beautified the train yard at the same time.

trainyard©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013


Unlike the flower people with their fanciful notions of train safety, we were safely albeit possibly illegally parked on the highway (allegedly).  There was no room and no parking left for love or money, so people parked and had long intelligent conversations about how many of us we thought the police could possibly ticket in one go. Furthermore we all agreed that the impound lot was far too small to hold all our cars and the officers were most likely too busy to even notice as long as we didn’t make too much noise..

Based on the slight improbabilities of all of us being arrested at the same time, everyone stayed parked on the highway and pulled out their lawn chairs, blankets, coolers, snacks, bbq’s and other items as recommended by the illustrious author, Mr. U.R. Roadkill, in his book “How to Dine on a Highway”.  Some brave souls even went so far as to set off personal fireworks.

On the highway.

At this point it occurred to me that the train flower people were actually pretty clever.

highway©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013


Then the sun went down..

sunset2©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

And the fireworks started..

fire7©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

fire4©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

fire3©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

fire8©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

And it was wonderful.

Happy Independence Day!



©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013

Eagles, Seagulls and Sychronized Sporting Events

Well New Year’s Day came and went. I only made one resolution.

I decided I would not rest until I had a decent non goofy looking photo of Zeus. So I prepared myself for an arduous year long journey of begging, treat offerings, bone buying blackmail and general doggyness. I took him out on the first day of the year to start our journey together and..

Zeus1©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

Sooo…apparently I will have a lot of free time on my hands this year.

Which is great! Because it’s that time of year!

“What time of year?” you ask..

Well it’s the time of year for my favorite sporting event.

Yes it’s time for the Synchronized Aerobatic Flying Event.. SAFE for short.

Oh, you missed it? What a shame, let me give you the rundown.

As I arrived at the Rock River, the spectators, mostly from the Bald Eagle Fan Club, were beginning to arrive and jostling for seats.

eaglespecs2©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

As they settled in, eagles to the left and center, herring gulls to the right and petrified ducks huddled in the middle, the juvenile eagles (juveniles have brown heads, they don’t get their white feathers for several years. This greatly helps reduce the sale of liquor to young eagles although occasionally one tries the old dump a box of cornstarch on the head trick to fool unwitting vendors) put on a rousing demonstration show featuring a half pike, reverse vertical aileron position. Well done, young ones!

eagles©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

With the demonstration over and anticipation for the main event growing, a roar came from the crowds. Shrieks, piping whistles and loud kuk kuk kuk calls came from the eagles and gulls and even the petrified ducks occasionally omitted a small quavery quack.

Then the first team for the pairs entered the arena. A shocked silence filled the air as the referee called out their names.

” Ladies and Gentlebirds! Please welcome for their first time at the Annual SAFE Competition….

Seigel the Eagle and Egal the Seagull!!”

That’s right for the first time in history, an eagle and a gull had paired up. Shocking, right.

But soon their beautiful highly technical set, performed to an exceptionally moving version of  U2’s “Window in the Skies” sung by the charming Crimson Cardinal Chorus, delighted the crowd.

Here they execute a lovely Lunkenheimer air taxi move with their legs in perfect tuck position.

eaglegull2©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013


And here’s the infamous tetrahedron wings up yaw maneuver. Bravo, I say! Bravo!

eaglegull4©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

Followed by the cross volitant split flap maneuver.

eaglegull3©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

Please note, I did apologize to Egal the Seagull for the fuzziness of  his photos. My camera was acting up in the cold. It was downright icy out there. He was a bit miffed at first. Then we got to talking and I told him how, on my great grandmother’s birth certificate from 1886 London, England, my great great grandfather’s job is listed as “Scavenger”. Once we realized we both came from a long line of honorable, hard working Scavengers ( with a capitol S, please) we got along like a house afire. Strange term “a house afire”, connotates affability between parties but I’ve had a house afire and let me tell you it’s anything but affable. Now don’t try that yourself, just trust me on that one.

Of course as per usual over in the judging feeders, the officials were fighting tooth and nail. To no one’s surprise the French judge, flew off in a huff.

starlings©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

After much discussion and some squawking, squabbles were settled and Seigel the Eagle and Egal the Seagull were befeathered SAFE champions of the year. In honor of the historical SAFE interavian champion performers and much to the relief of the petrified ducks (that huddled mass at the bottom center) the crowds dispersed peacefully.

Rumor has it that the pair are now being considered for the Nobel Peace Prize.

eagles2©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013


Sure a few straggling hecklers had to fly by the stands and mock the crowd.

But all in all it was a good day.

eaglesgull7©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013.

Mark your calenders and don’t forget to come out for this inspiring sporting event next year!



©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2013

Balloons..Oh I love Balloons…

Fall is definitely in the air and so are the balloons.

There is just something about balloons..



Really big balloons..



With fire and stuff..



And balloons of all colors..




There were even balloon slides and as I watched the kiddies playing on them, this little guy hung on for dear life.

Then the little girl pushed him down and he screamed…


I must be a terrible person because it made me laugh.

That’s why I like children, they’re evil little things but they are comical.


Meanwhile back at the ranch, I should be outside raking but instead I painted some tree trunks.

This is a 5 by 7 inch in acrylic.


I hope you’re all enjoying Autumn. If you live in a city and miss raking leaves, feel free to drop by!




©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012

Peeping Toms, Dragons and Gargoyles…

I hope everyone survived the heat wave of the last few weeks. As well as all the talking about the heat wave of the last few weeks.

It’s been so hot, people are losing their minds. This store in our town even forgot how to rhyme.




I saw on the news people were in all the public fountains trying to keep cool so it didn’t really surprise me when I realized I had someone in my own fountain. I would have told him to get out but the truth is if my fountain had been any bigger I would have been in there too.



So it’s been a lazy summer so far, mostly because if anyone moves, they melt on the spot.

We had a new deck built. It’s great and it’s so much easier to relax on a nice big deck without bugs bothering you…

Hey!! Shoo!!



Well I never..

I tell you the bugs this year are downright obnoxious. They seem to know the birds and mammals are just too hot and tired to chase them so they’re getting very bold.

This one here even decided to become a Peeping Tom.

Or he could have just been a member of the paparazzi trying to get photos of Dummy in his mermaid get up.

Check out that supercilious grin though, he wasn’t a bit sorry even when I caught him at my windows.




I went inside thinking he had listened to my lecture but those paparazzi are merciless.

He was slyly leering right into my house.

The Nerve!

The least he could have done is waited until I washed the windows so I wouldn’t have to show everyone my spots…It’s a bit embarrassing.




Creepy. But they did inspire me to draw a dragon and a gargoyle.

I drew these with pen and ink for a trade on Wetcanvas. They are ATC / ACEO size, that is 2.5 by 3.5 inches (the size of a playing card).

This first one was from a fountain in Germany. I realized while I was drawing it that since it was sculpted in the 16th or 17th century, most likely there were still many people at that time who thought dragons were real. Did you know that in medieval times, they thought that the only thing elephants were afraid of were dragons. (They also thought hyenas changed their gender at will but that’s beside the point) So I suspect the owner of this fountain who were members of the real Frankenstein family (and isn’t that just cool) put this dragon on it to keep out the hordes of high diving elephants that were so prevalent at the time.

It’s also my theory that all the Bigfoot hunters of today are the descendants of Dragon hunters. Yes, every generation in history has had it’s legions of believers running through the woods, getting freaked out by owl calls and coyote yaps and making facts up about creatures they’ve never actually seen. (Not to mention leaving scores of Bigfoots and Dragons giggling themselves silly)



Now this next one, also the size of a playing card is a Gargoyle on top of the Historic Wells Fargo Building in Davenport, Iowa.

It was supposed to keep bad vibes out of people’s money but well we all know how that turned out… I blame it all on acid rain myself.

This building is from the Roaring 20’s and has a lovely clock tower but also a very strange temple on top of it. It would make a good setting for a creepy story.




And this is a rainbow cloud, it has absolutely nothing to do with anything else but it’s pretty



Have a good one!




©Virginia Spencer, thepurpledogpaintingblog, 2012