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Postcard Fiction: What She Saw, Part 3

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Another ambiguous situation in a Jane Dougherty painting prompt.  I decided to go for optimism, even though that’s not my general state of mind these days.  Here’s the inspiration painting, by Iliya Repin:

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And my response:

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The last Postcard Fiction I did before this one was also a painting by Iliya Repin, “Freedom”, a prompt from way back in September.  I liked it so much I did it twice, and I’ll post both of them one of these days.  I collected Jane’s other microfiction prompts between that one and this one in a folder; time, of course, always gets in the way of intentions.

One thing I did during our blog break was to enter a lot of juried art shows and submit both poetry and art to journals, which I find takes a lot of time, not to mention the fact that most journals won’t accept work published on a blog. Eight of my Postcard Fictions were entered for a show of “art on paper”, but I won’t hear about acceptance or rejection until mid-January.

Perry the Pit Bull

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My daughter’s dog Perry in a human-like pose. I seem to be into pencil drawing lately, trying to hone my skills. Perry is a stubborn but sweet boy. He will lay down on his walks and refuse to budge for a while causing the citizens of Williamsbug Brooklyn to ask if he’s okay. 

Check out his Instagram account @perry_the_pit_bull. And here’s my daughter’s photo. 

Dogue de Bordeux

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A cute and wrinkly dog from The Dogist on Instagram. 

The dog as seen on Insta. 

National Pet Day

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Here are my two lab/German shorthair mixes, Beauregard and The Birdman. We’ve had these guys since day one; they were the result of a happy accidental mating of Cleo, a chocolate lab and Henry, a German shorthair. There were eleven pups of whom ten are still alive. These guys are 90 pounds each of pure muscle. They have never had a bad day except one time when Beau escaped and got hit by a car (he ran home). They are very lovely and loving dogs. I’ve had dogs since I got married 35 years ago and love living with these wonderful creatures. 

Yes, they are brothers. Birdy on the left started growing grey (or maybe it’s ticking) when he was two. My daughter and I went to pick one from the litter and we wound up each picking one. Big surprise to my husband!

National Pet Day

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“You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘Wow, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!’”
–Dave Barry

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For National Pet Day, I started with a quote in answer to Elusive Trope’s 3-day quote challenge.  And of course, a poem for NaPoWriMo.  My neocolor drawing is a portrait of Bliss, one of the beautiful golden retrievers who shares the life of Tim, The Forester Artist.  When he posted this photo in January, I remarked to him that her face begged to be drawn.  It’s taken me awhile, but she is a perfect poster girl for the day.

It’s been a long time since I drew any dogs.  I did a few drawings and paintings of one of my roommate’s wonderful dogs, Bacchus, 40+ years ago, and I think I may have a painting of one of Nina’s dogs from back in the day somewhere.  Since my animal hair allergies appeared, I haven’t been able to live with either dogs or cats, and I do feel the loss.  Pets are good companions.

And once again Celebrating the Days this month with Charlie at Doodlewash.

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Dog Pack

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A bunch of happy dogs on their hike. Moose is the big black guy on the left, then little Ernie, and my guys Beau and Birdy in the rear. These guys show their happiness by their tongues lolling out of their smiling faces. I love dogs. 

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Beau and Birdy, prime examples of cuteness. 90 pounds of love each. 

Beau

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Beau is one of my lab/pointer mixes. He is incredibly gentle, some might even say dumb. He is a good looking boy and was Dog of the Day back in July 2014. 

Weird dog

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Kerfe suggested that I draw my dogs. Well this is not my dog, it’s one I saw on the ‘net and I snapped a shot. Quite a face though, like all dogs: if you look beyond the slobbering affection there is a real intelligence in dogs. I love them all especially the ones that go with mine in the pack hikes with Chris, makes their life so much better. Just out in open fields nosing around freely.

Birdy in the snow

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And yet another snowfall adding to the mounds we already have. Birdy ventured out because he enjoys eating fresh snow. It is really coming down here in that sneaky way where it doesn’t seem like that much but is so steady. Daylight savings time is in four days…spring, where are you?