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Cheerful and Colorful Paintings in Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media and Collage

Friday, April 4, 2008

Fire Dancer ~ Dena's Dogs ~ Texas Bound

"Fire Dancer"
7 1/2" x 11" Acrylic on paper, no mat or frame

I recently attended Texas Bound in Fort Worth, March 31 to hear compelling short stories read by noted actors, all with a Texas connection.
The Dallas Museum of Art is presenting its 17th season of Arts and Letters Live and it's a great way to feed your brain and fill your soul and a place to meet Texas writers and readers. Some of the stories are offered in tapes and books.
It was a delightful evening enjoying great stories read at the Fort Worth Central Library after dining at the Reata Restaurant.

There are a few photos in the slide show.
I've read and reread Anne Lamott for years and now I've finally seen her
and heard her speak in person at the special event in Dallas, March 13. What a treat! She's honest, funny and enchanting. Read the nonfiction: Bird by Bird, Grace Eventually, Operating Instructions, Plan B, and Traveling Mercies. Anne also has some fiction works. Some of her writings appear here.

The painting, "Fire Dancer" was done at Dena's at the Robert Burridge Workshop. Also in attendance were Dena's 2 dogs, Sadie the Saint and Jody _____, fill in the blank. Sadie is a 14 year old 3 legged Blue Heeler and all she wants to do is hang around and observe without being hassled. Jody is another story. She's a 4 month old Blue Lacy pup, still chews her tail and makes mad dashes into the painting barn on snatch and grab missions and the little bandit takes our collage materials and shreds them in the nearest ditch. I'm still looking for my blue denim painting shirt that was lost there. I wonder if pieces of blue denim are hung up on a piece of barbed wire somewhere on the ranch?
One evening she was half asleep on the couch, we heard a thump and she had fallen off the couch - a bad dream perhaps or just bored with all of the painting talk? When Jody really gets out of control, Dena puts on her "Jody-be-good" collar.
I fixed some Hebrew National Hot dogs for dinner one night and I was really ignoring Jody's plea for a bite and hoping she'd disappear when I felt a huge heavy tug on my shoulder and Jody was all but standing up with her mouth open for a munch. Yes, she was given some bites. I did learn from the Wikipedia site that since 2005 the Blue Lacy is the official State Dog Breed of Texas and Dena, the article states that after age two they have calmed down significantly. They certainly added to the ambiance of the workshop along with "The Girls", the donkeys.

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Margie Whittington said...
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Margie Whittington said...

I'll try again, Nancy. I really enjoyed your post about Dena and her dogs at the ranch. Looks like you had a good time and learned a lot. Thanks for sharing.

Nancy Standlee said...

Hi, Margie, I'm glad you stopped by and I hope you have a great painting weekend. We'll miss you at the Artist's and Patron's reception. ns

Connie Michael said...

Nancy, this is FABULOUS!!!!!!!, and that's not even a good enough word. I've just caught up on your last few days' postings and as usual, I'm mesmerized. Your blogs are such a treat. See you soon.