Friday, September 18, 2009
Bay with Me
I mean, if you can't paint a picture of a beagle baying, what's the use?
The cool weather has made the dogs unusually joyful. Kaja, who's 12, mostly deaf and painfully arthritic, has been getting up even when she doesn't need to. The other day, she loped across the yard to greet me, and this morning, she came on a long walk with me and the leashed duo. Her eyes are bright, she's vigorous in her soul and she's happy. It makes me glad.
My friend Judy Beisler came over yesterday to visit and see my nascent studio. Always, I'm fearful that the dogs will be too much for visitors, and Judy is small, so I had extra worries. JoJo jumped up on her, repeatedly, and all the dogs begged to be patted and noticed. Even Kaja came out to greet Judy.
We sat on the porch eating lunch and the idiots bayed and howled as though their innermost dogs had been awakened.
So it seems entirely right that I paint this beagle in full bay.
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