Monday, December 28, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
the tiny abstracts from larger PiCassieOs that I'm turning into pendants. I've always thought of the works as "little jewels", but now they really are! These small pendants are $15 and may be bought at our store.
Got to get back to work on some more - these have been really popular with friends and neighbors! I work, Cassie sleeps - what a life. Would like to trade places once in a while.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Enough subtlety - gotta see the food!
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
(The following is a repeat of Halloween 2007)
Here it is - Cassie's Halloween "spook"! This is the second version; the first one looked like a purple elephant with a trunk deformity. I was about to delete it, but then decided to play with it some more, and this little monster appeared. I definitely don't want to bump into it in the yard!
Happy Halloween from Beth and Cassie! :)
Monday, October 26, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Too many people think of "abstract" art as just a bunch of paint thrown randomly at a canvas and labeled "art". It can be done that way (by animals or humans) but it's not necessarily good art! Composition and color sense are prerequisites for any kind of art in order for it to work. There - enough pontificating for one day!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I've been so busy with various other projects that "PiCassieO" has been on hiatus as far as producing any new work. Not Herb Anymore is an exception, although it really isn't exactly new: it was originally in my "Herb" series last year. After I wiped out all my custom gradients accidentally, the new ones I developed were so colorful that I decided to revisit some previous work that no longer pleased me. "Extreme Makeover" here - it's much, much better the second time around!
One thing occupying my time was closing our first Cafe Press store and opening a new one, Art by PiCassieO! , mentioned in my last post. Presently featured is our "I Love My Dog" design on a bunch of tees and assorted gift items. The heart comes from Storm Door, previously posted here. Looks great in print; below is the ceramic ornament version.
You know you need one of these! Or maybe two or three...nice gifts for dog lovers!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
And don't forget - BIG Anniversary Sale at www.cafepress.com/airedale_art
You won't see these prices again! Still two weeks left - go shopping!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Cassie is still hard at work on the glass, obviously. She had a dry spell for a few weeks, mainly because the wildlife has been a bit skimpy lately. Things are picking up, though: there are twin fawns out back, a couple of bunnies hanging out in the yard, and in spite of the hot dry weather, there was a box turtle on the path this morning. I saw it just before Cassie did and was able to grab it, but we struggled over it before I finally managed to toss it into the woods. That beats being bitten by an Airedale, I'm sure.
Just a reminder: our big July Anniversary Sale is happening at http://www.cafepress.com/airedale_art! Lowest prices you'll ever see on some really fun items with PiCassieO art all over them!
Monday, July 6, 2009
Pictured above: PiCassieo's "West Wind" Mug Sale Price $11.99 (plus S & H)
Friday, June 19, 2009
We evidently have a healthy population of coyotes nearby this year. Cassie is being deprived of her entertainment at the windows, since there are very few bunnies around. Even the deer are elsewhere; to my disappointment there have been no fawns at all. If it weren't for my brother-in-law's old hound "Miss Red", the window painting might have stopped. Red has taken to following Gary as far as she can, hoping he'll put her in the truck for a ride. She usually makes it as far as our house, which sets Cassie off, and then pokes back home.
If all else fails, I could always photograph our skid marks on the road, as I struggle to keep Cassie from jumping snakes or picking a fight with Miss Red. Never a dull moment.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Cassie's chief obsession at the moment is toads, which are super-abundant this year already. I am living proof that they don't give you warts - have handled hundreds of the warty things, and not one bump on my hands. In my first career, I was a pre-vet and zoology major, and did my parasitology research project with the help of six unfortunate toads. Since then as penance I've rescued them from my canine "Jaws of Death" at every opportunity. Should have started a tally sheet in April - I think this year is going to break the record. And yes, my neighbors (and family) think I'm totally nuts!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Cassie is totally unimpressed - she still has toads and turtles on her mind, not art. She's also been enjoying doing duets with our new neighbor, Champion. It's OK except when they get to singing at midnight or early in the morning - then I'd like to gag both of 'em!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
(www.cafepress.com/airedale_art) - featuring one from Sidewalk Spirits and another from All Stirred Up!. More to come, soon.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Be sure to check that feature today: my physical therapist would have her work cut out with the poor guy! Makes me hurt to look at him. Maybe that was the intention?
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Summer has replaced spring here with a vengeance. It's probably 90 out there at the moment; when it's that hot, Miss Cassie prefers snoozing in the AC to doing anything outdoors. Until evening, that is. I can't believe we have a yard full of toads already (minus 2 last night!). Since the dog is now 10, I seriously doubt she'll ever learn to leave 'em alone. It's going to be a looong season.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Now for a warning for all you dog people out there: do NOT visit a site called "Laurel Canyon Animal Company." Supposedly they make CDs of music for animals and people, and had a video on YouTube of a dog named Eliza Dolittle tearing up plastic bags, which were photographed and processed in a similar manner as "PiCassieO" art (not nearly as good!). BUT- their email is bogus, and the links section is full of attack sites. My firewall got me out of there, thank goodness. Just passing the word along - I hate to see the bad guys get their kicks at the expense of others.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Here we go again: sometimes I just keep going in for a closer and closer look, and then BOOM! - a surprise pops up! This little jewel is from one I posted two weeks ago. It has the appearance of "something" (a horned creature, maybe?), but is really a celebration of color and interesting shapes. I used it as a sketch for a square canvas that had been gathering dust in the corner, so we'll see what happens now.
Cassie has now reached the venerable age of 10, as of April 12th. She got a pink bunny (needs surgery already) and a green teddy (lost an eye yesterday), and the usual love and adoration. Who could resist a face like that?
(Photo courtesy of Lukas Johnson, www.zoto.com/site/#USR.photopoetry )
Thursday, April 2, 2009
As I worked on this one, I had to zoom in to see what was happening with the stylus, and discovered some really interesting abstracts hiding there. Figured this would happen at some point, that my dormant passion for using real, messy, wet paint would surface again, so I'm off to get physical with it.
Hey - don't forget our daily Picasso (down below)!
Monday, March 23, 2009
My partner is napping at the moment, recuperating from a weekend of deer-chasing, with a side order of bird watching! Buzzards drive her crazy - there was one wheeling low over the back yard yesterday, and Crackerdog was running and barking furiously, following the bird instead of watching where she was going! Fortunately she missed the fence posts and other obstacles - whew.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Hot off the Wacom tablet! Cassie does so much "brushwork" that won't show up when I start filtering (not to mention claw marks and other refinements). I decided to try the stylus over a lightly filtered photo to capture the marks and scratches on this one, then filtered more, used one of my custom gradients, and finally used the stylus again to add color and more lines. It opens all sorts of new possibilities!
One of Cassie's favorite tricks, when she was a bit younger, was to bang on the window with her front paws for added emphasis. I expected the window to break on many occasions, but it never did. She has scratched the glass - guess there was grit under her claws that did it. Evidently from this photo, she can still do it when she gets sufficiently riled!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
The deer have been running all over our property and Cassie has been working hard at her "window painting." Lots of new material there - but the light this time of year is not cooperative for photographing it. At some point I'm going to be forced to clean the glass so we can see out!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Here we go again with more wishful thinking! The wind has been so cold for the past three days that my right thumb has cracked again - gives a lot more meaning to the old phrase "sticks out like a sore thumb." Not a good thing for an artist, or a dog owner for that matter! Anyway, Cassie drew this on the east window a while back and I'm just now figuring out what to do with it. It would be so easy to just stick to a formula with these works, but that would take all the fun out of it (and the challenge!). For now, I love the new colors and textures that are happening.
Cassie doesn't like the cold much, either. When we walk, her nose starts running and she puts on brakes, then makes a dive between my knees to wipe it. She regards me as her personal Kleenex. One of these days we're going to wind up in a tangled heap on the road!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Cassie went "crackerdog" while ago: there was a strange dog trotting through the yard. From the racket I thought it must be a deer out there! You can see her doing what she does best on our video (link in last entry), "PiCassieO At Work".
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Got to get back to making art now!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
We did get a light snow, and Cassie was running in it and eating it at the same time. Time to go out there and freeze again - brrr...
Monday, February 2, 2009
Cassie and I are both a little stiff from an uphill run in pursuit of deer. Good thing it's raining so we can rest! Maybe we'll have Osteo-Biflex for supper.