Monday, February 2, 2015

YES ... I Really Think I Am FINISHED

Pretty in Pink/ 33.5 x 27.5 cm.
I do believe I am done with Miss P. I darkened the background to bring her more forward, and glazed more pink in the shadows of her scarf. I was thrilled to find out that her mistress loves ALL the paintings, and wants them all, as well as another I did of Miss P. and her poodle friend out walking. Somehow I managed to misplace that one, so I will re-do it. 

Maine Coon/ 26.5 x 22.5 cm.

The cat is done as well. Originally, I had intended to paint all the fur with the quin. burnt orange, but when I got to this stage, I really liked the look of all that white. It seems to accent the face very well.

As for my beasties, Maggie is still a sweetheart, though she still loves to dig. I cleaned up two of her excavations this past weekend.
And Bruno has a hoof abscess. It's one of those weird ones that is very hard to diagnose. I thought I saw him moving very stiffly on Thursday morning, and later in the day he seemed to favor it a bit. So a very kind neighbor came to help me put on a poultice, and wrap it all up in duct tape. I wasn't sure I could manage with my thumb still not flexing. The next two evenings, I was able to wrap it myself. Usually an abscess will manifest with more noticeable lameness, but I see only a gingerness, a slight reluctance to use the hoof when turning. Very weird. Thankfully, my farrier is coming this afternoon to take Bruno's shoes off, trim his hooves, and re-seat the shoes. I am hoping the abscess shows itself, we can clean it out, and all will be well. Apparently they are common at this time of year, when the moisture content in the ground varies a lot, causing the tissues of the hoof to expand and contract as well. The horse picks up a bit of sand or gravel, it works its way up into the hoof and allows bacteria to enter. Well ... that's more about hoof care than you wanted to know!

Thank you so much for dropping by!!