What I'm working on now:
Three (yes three) French Bulldogs! Since this photo was taken, I've started adding their markings. I'll post the finished pooches next week sometime.
What's inspiring me now:
No, I don't plan to become one of those people with a room devoted to creepy dolls. But I've recently discovered composition dolls from the 1930's and wow--they're pretty cool. Their heads and limbs were made using a combination of sawdust and glue. They were then handpainted and attached to cloth or composition bodies. I've been kind of hooked on ebay lately, watching for some cheap old girls who have made it through the decades relatively intact. The doll in the top photo is unmarked--no manufacturer has claimed her. She probably sold for about 25 cents or less originally. The second doll is an Effanbee Patsy Jr. doll, which were made from the late 20's into the 30's. I love thinking about all these dolls have been around for and the children who owned them. Imagine--they survived the Depression, WWII, the Cold War, and more. Amazing. I can't wait until my toddler is a little older and I can use them to teach her something. Of course, she might just think I'm totally uncool and go back to playing with her Bratz. (Just kidding. I will never buy her Bratz. Ever. Really.)
I've had a few requests over the past weeks for some more "Dogs in Bad Sweaters" designs. So as soon as I can figure out what's wrong with my stupid Wacom tablet and get it up and running again, I'll be putting some new cards in the shop. (Including a finished version of the chihuahua.) I've also started focusing on drawing again. It's something I've been trying to get back to for a while, but was given the final push after looking at the amazing illustration on the "Dog Lover's Blog" award from Monica. Love that mug!
On a final note, I had to post this! I'm amazed I got my three girls to be still enough for a photo together:
This is what you get when you mix 3 days of downpours and some enthusiastic shelter dogs:
I actually had paw prints on my back. But before heading out to the yard with some of the dogs, I spent some time with this guy on my lap.
Yes, a pitbull on my lap. Contrary to recent reports, most of them aren't as pernicious as hockey moms. Ahem.
And, just to give you an idea of why my blogging has become a bit more infrequent:
I'm hoping she never asks me where I got those beads.
Next weekend, I'll be helping out at a satellite adoption (with the Humane Society of Greater KC) during a special showing of All Roads Lead Home, which was filmed right here in Kansas City. From what I've read, it sounds like a great family film, and promotes a message of compassion toward animals and people alike. It will be released nationwide on September 26.