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 I am an artist, writer and chronicler of small moments.  My work is created with love and infused with joy.  I'm so glad you are here!

Ready for His Closeup

Ready for His Closeup

 The dog is a perfect portrait subject.  He doesn't pose.  He isn't aware of the camera.  ~ Patrick Demarchelier

The dog is a perfect portrait subject.  He doesn't pose.  He isn't aware of the camera.

~ Patrick Demarchelier

Popeye has mellowed with age.  There was a time not too long ago when I could never get him to stay still long enough to take his portrait.  He'd sense what I was up to and immediately pad away.  Camera shy, not even falling for the promise of a treat.

 My little dog, a heartbeat at my feet.  ~ Edith Wharton

My little dog, a heartbeat at my feet.  ~ Edith Wharton

I wonder if it is because he has been struggling with a chronic illness these past seven months.  Is he just too tired to protest?  I doubt it; he is as lively and mischievous as always. Our daughters have long claimed that I am lying when I say he won't let me take his picture.  They each live far from us and clamor for new shots of their favorite boy.  I have had to work hard to oblige...until this year.  This year he patiently acquiesces and pauses while I take the shot.  He is constantly underfoot, my best buddy, so I have plenty of opportunities throughout the day.  

It seems he has turned into a bit of a narcissist...

 “Be prepared. A dog is adorable and noble. A dog is a true and loving friend. A dog is also a hedonist.”  ~ Mary Oliver,  Dog Songs

“Be prepared. A dog is adorable and noble. A dog is a true and loving friend. A dog
is also a hedonist.”  ~ Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

Whatever the reason, I never tire of taking his picture.  

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An excerpt from the poem "The Sweetness of Dogs":

… Thus, we sit, myself
thinking how grateful I am for the moon’s perfect beauty and also, oh! how rich
it is to love the world. Percy, meanwhile,
leans against me and gazes up into
my face. As though I were just as wonderful
as the perfect moon.

~ Mary Oliver, Dog Songs

 

 

 

Sunday Silence

Sunday Silence

The Art of Practice

The Art of Practice