Friday, September 18, 2009

Bay with Me

Oil on canvas, 12x12


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.

Thanks for reading!


Unknown said...

LOL!!!! GREAT TITLE!!! Composition is awesome and the whole painting is dynamic. You go girl!

Art with Liz said...

Oh this is just so precious! What a beautiful sensitive painting Carrie.

David Feld said...

Wonderful movement in this painting, Carrie. This is one of my favorites of yours.

JudyMackeyart said...

Love it, love it! You're right - the baying Beagle is a must! So glad to hear Kaja is doing well. My Tina - don't know how old she truly is since she's a found do - but we're thinking 9-ish is slowing down...doesn't want to go outside like she once used to. Although she's still energetic for things she likes - like getting a bone or a treat - it's tough watching them grow older.
Happy painting,

carrie jacobson said...

Thanks, Liz and Dave! I really had fun with this one - and it was hard to paint, too, so there was a challenge in it that I enjoyed. I think maybe I was a dog in another life.

carrie jacobson said...

Thanks, Judy - These shelter dogs, they are so dear, aren't they? I only know how old Kaja is because she was a pup when we got her. She looked like a little bear, and was as smart and well-behaved as any dog ever. I've never understood why someone would have given her away. I hate watching them get old. But Kaja is so happy these days. Makes me feel foolish for MY complaining.

carrie jacobson said...

Thanks, Sheila...It was a toss-up between that and something like "Sitting with a Dog in Full Bay," but that was just too stupid. So glad you like the painting!