....pet paintings redefined by kellie oliphant-burns, b.f.a. .... ...her Italian Greyhounds, Rupert and Leeroy, reporting... and Maybel too!!!!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Me Time...ahhhhhhh!

Rupert: "Well, it's just me here today...Leeroy and Maybel are off snuggling in their favorite studio chair so that leaves ALL of the bed to MMMMEEEEEE! I can stretch out until my legs dangle off the edge, I don't get kicked or pushed or squashed into a corner, I get ALL of the covers and the silence is....well.....maybe it's a little too quiet. Don't tell Leeroy I said that, cause he already told me I couldn't survive without him and I don't want him to know he might be right!
Anyhoo, more time alone has given me time to reflect...I will be turning six this summer and time waits for no dog. I have a lot of plans coming up and am very excited to watch them unfold.
At the end of April, Kellie will be painting onsite in Kanata! She will have more details for us soon, but I think it is going to be on the 24th and people that come to see her will have a chance to win a portrait of their pet valued at $575! She hasn't decided what she will be painting that weekend yet, so if you have any suggestions just let us know!
This week's painting is "Kelly's Keepsake & Dickens' Dream". Beautiful Kelly is no longer with us but her best friend Dickens is. I know that they miss each other so much but Dickens is a big, brave boy with a heart of gold. This was a surprise painting from husband to wife! I hope that Kellie's artwork brings them much comfort and happiness.
I think I better go check in on Leeroy and Maybel now....you know, because they may need me.....I'll tell them I will share the bed for a little while with them...or ask them if they can share the studio chair with me. Make sure to give your loved ones and extra bit of loving this week because you never know when your next chance will be to do that. Love you all!"

Monday, March 1, 2010

Waiting for spring...are you here yet???

Rupert: "Thank goodness we were able to find this sunspot today....we are beyond having cabin fever and can't wait for spring!"
Leeroy: "I think you are hogging the sunspot just a little, Rup....your portly body is interfering with my rays!"
Maybel: "I'm just happy to be here...I'm not even going to complain."
Rupert: "PORTLY body? What do you mean???!"
Leeroy: "You know....stout, round, rotund, heavy...shall I continue?"
Rupert: "You little brat...how dare you call me fat! It's just my winter weight to help keep me warm!"
Leeroy: "Hey, I never said "fat"...but I can if you want me to..."
Maybel: "Boys! BOYS!!! Don't get me started on my self esteem issues about weight...Leeroy, you be nice to Rupert and Rupert, shove over a little to the right, please..."
Rupert: "Fine.....you two just remember that I was here first...and I am SHARING the sunspot with you."
Leeroy: "Sure, sure....let's move on and talk about today's artwork from Kellie's studio. This is "Zingy Zim" and he is the most loving and playful Rottweiler you'll ever meet! Kellie got to visit him in person. He is a big sweet boy and this painting was a surprise gift for his Papa from his Mama!"
Maybel: "So, the splashing backgrounds work on smaller square canvases too?"
Rupert: "Yup - have you seen Kellie paint these?"
Maybel: "Not yet, why?"
Rupert: "Cause it's really neat - she actually has a room all tarped off and lays the canvas down on the ground so she can whip the paint around. Sometimes she has to start over on new canvases just to get the mood and feeling right in the way the splashes go down."
Maybel: "Mood? Feeling? But it's just paint..."
Leeroy: "Don't let Kellie hear you say that! You will soon learn that paint is an extension of an artist's means to express...you can tell alot about what an artist is feeling or thinking in the paint."
Maybel: "I think I have some learning to do! I will have to watch her more closely and ask lots of questions."
Rupert: "Good idea, but maybe don't get so close...the last time you did you ended up taste testing the paint, remember? That's a big "no no" here. You sure looked funny with a dollop of turquoise on your snout!"
Maybel: "Hey....maybe you should not only shove over a little to the right, Rupert but you should shove yourself right off the edge of the chair.."
Leeroy: "Get him, sis, GET HIM!!!"
Rupert: "Now, now, everyone stay calm...let's call a truce and soak up as much of this sun as we can...we can't let it go to waste. See you next time everyone!"