A few more pictures from the camp I audited over the weekend. If you
have a Newfoundland or Leonburger you might want to sign up to take
their camp it's excellent, they have a book as well. Their website is here.
here the dog is directed out to pickup a drowner then is directed to pick up another one and bring both in
this time the dog is sent to four different drowners and has to get them all before returning to shore the commands given on the fly and not from shore
Dory was a champ in the water but hated the boat and this time they got him out a way without him freaking out
some exercises were long and the dog had to pick up a variety of drowners and unconscious people he has six people, the other dog had to tow the boat among all the drowners each dog had to stay focused on his task with all kinds of stuff going on around him
this time all handlers are drowning and their dog had to pick them up lots of distractions
all the dogs and handlers who participated the teachers are on the back on each side the puppy is in a green vest on the front row
Over the weekend I attended a water rescue camp for three days. Very
informative and exciting. The girls who taught the camp are Finnish and
train Newfoundlands to jump from helicopters to do sea rescue among
many kinds of rescue work they do. Their website is watercubs.com. Here are a few photos from the camp. It was chilly for most the camp to cold at times.
day one setting up all dogs need to be containerized
multiple dogs in the water, Dory the youngest dog at 5 months
10 minute break between groups
dogs getting ready to do their exercise
going in, this is the second group, 12 dogs a day, and those divided between two groups and those divided again between the the 2 instructors
here the dogs have to stick their heads under the kayak in the water to retrieve a toy
Working again on my crow altered book, this book has a few challenges. The book it's self is very fragile and I have repaired the spine a couple of times trying something different each time. This book is so cool that that part does not bother me. Because of the skull in the center of the book construction of the next few pages takes some thought. Don't know if these pages are done yet I may add more you never know or at least I never know, until I know, til the end.
The crow is now encased in the book, he's being clamped and glued. I'm a little concerned about the weight of the book on his noggin. I was careful to make sure that most the weight is in the center rather than the outside.
I have this totally cool crow head which I'm going to use in my altered book. The album pocket has to be fairly deep leaving just a few pages left over to alter. I may make it the theme of the book, I have some feathers and some Blue Jay feet that may become a part of it as well.
This was a fun project that I had set various goals for myself when I
do that I notice that I tend to get more intense and find it difficult
to pull myself away to do necessary things. This piece is almost done
but not quite. Tomorrow I want to start my altered book so most of my
main objectives need to be met.
Started another painting I had one frame left after my show and just did not have time to work on another so I started this one. I have used the "4 eyed" lamb before in an assemblage and was interested in him as a painting. Sheep seem to have more than their fair share of genetic abnormalities with a number of incomplete twinning that results in extra legs or heads or eyes. That's the stuff that fascinates me. Also the guy in the neighboring studio, Dave Wyzenbeek, did a bunch of studies in mono print of tornadoes so I decided it would be fun to try one as well. Next I'm going to work on another altered book and hope to have it finished by the art students league summer art fair.
got the background roughed in the lamb
more detail on lamb who I will go back to but now I'm interested in whats going on behind him
Well drummer is 4 and 1/2 months old or 18 weeks however you look at it. Two weeks ago he was 62 pounds and growing. Thought I would put up some pictures of how he has grown since we got him almost three months ago.
Also I haven't posted for a couple of weeks because I took a 2 week break from the opening of two shows which always drains me but I am gearing up again got some ideas and ready to work again.
just a baby
playing with Kona and tiny (relatively speaking)
now about 5 inches shorter than Kona with fair amount of growing to do, what a difference a few months make
We had a great opening in Evergreen, for our Wonder of Wonders traveling circus show.The show is at Evergreen Center for the Arts and the show runs until May 23rd. I was showing with 4 great artists from the area, Kathy Beekman, Dave Sieler, Penney Bidwell, and Tim Flynn. We also had the Snowflake Circus performers a great bunch of kids doing all sorts of acrobats, balancing on balls and doing contortions in a big ring. I did remember to get one photo of the girls on the balls. I always get distracted and don't remember to take pictures, at least this time I did get a few at the end. The attendance was great, lots of wonderful people to talk to, and I made some sales so all was good!
these girls were awesome
the motely crew
one of a few shots that came out, Dave's and Penney's stuff