Here I am at Our Gang General Store. I like to visit Jill and Jenny and the Gang sometimes but they were all very busy stocking for Christmas. Our Gang is the coolest place if you need to buy a kid a present ! Also, this horse has been on Marine Avenue for a long time. Here it is with Henri and Grant in 1990 !
Winslow has always liked walking and exploring along the bluffs above Crystal Cove. The beach is a preserve so we don’t go down there as we might confuse the sealife. But the cliffs are rad ! Except when we see a rattle snake. But we didn’t see any today.
There are many good smells on the wind.
I have been contemplating my Howloween costume. Since I am named after one artist, Winslow Homer, I thought that I could be a different artist, this time, Claude Monet. This only involves a beret, a pipe and a paint brush. I think I could handle that ! Here is a painting that Eduard Manet did of Monet.
And here is one that Monet himself did of himself – maybe I will need the beard !
This is a much better prospect than human’s idea which was to make me spagetti and meatballs since that is red and white like me.
Pals, I hope you are all wearing your seat belts and harnesses when you are riding in the car or truck ! Its the safest for you and can save the life of the driver and other passengers too. We are the most precious cargo and must arrive safely ! We use the Four Paws Safety Support Harness, which is highly rated. On to the hunt !
Since we were reading about the dog artist Maud Earl, we saw this painting she did of Caesar, King Edward VII’s dog, after the King died. He looks very sad…. sigh
‘Silent Sorrow’ by Maud Earl, 1910 – Captures poignantly the grief of King Edward VII’s dog, Caesar, following the death of the king. His head is resting on his master’s favorite chair.
Here is Caesar with the King in happier days.
Caesar was a very handsome Wire Fox Terrier who was the King’s dear pal. Caesar had his own footman and slept on an easy chair next to the King’s bed. What a great plan !
After the death of the King on 6 May 1910, Caesar refused to eat, and would spend time whining outside the King’s bedroom. Hearing about this is probably what inspired Maud Earl to do the painting above. She had painted Caesar before, and Caesar’s father, the famous wire hair terrier Cackler of Notts from the kennels of Kathleen, Duchess of Newcastle.
This is a head study of some beautiful spaniels by artist Maud Earl. My Dad’s Human, Pat Pencak posted this from a book of Maud Earl’s paintings and I thought I would share it with you. Maud Earl also did some wonderful oil paintings of Welsh Springers that you can see on my website here (the two bottom paintings) .
Maud Earl was born in 1864 in London. Her father George was a well known sporting artist and taught his daughter.
She painted dogs in person and it sounds as if it would be fun to sit for her, because she had a way with dogs ! In one interview, she said
“You can’t paint dogs unless you understand them; I don’t mean merely from the fancier’s point of view. You must know whether they are happy and comfortable, and if not, why not. You must know how to quiet them when they become excited and nervous. You must know all their little likes and dislikes, and this knowledge comes from long experience.” I say WOOF to that, Miss Maud !
Describing how she went about painting her canine subjects, Miss Earl explained that she never used photographs, for she preferred to paint what she saw, rather than what the camera saw. Rather, she posed the canine subject on a sort of portable stool on castors, which made it easy to move about. An attendant usually accompanied the dog, but more often than not, Miss Earl was the one to settle the dog so that he might pose quietly. First she sketched in the general anatomy of the dog with chalks, then set about to capture the animal in oils. A single portrait sitting would typically take two days, with the artist working from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The painting would then be completed at her leisure.
This is one of my first 12 year old pictures ! I took staff cheese shopping. I told staff cheese is very important part of Spaniel diet ! Here I am with Clementine the cow. She is pretty cute for a cow, don’t you think ? Since she is a California Cow, she is supposed to be very happy. You may notice that I am not inside the cheese shoppe. What’s with that ? Not even a sample . . . m m m m m. . . .
Its not often in life, or even in the Twitterverse, that you make a good friend. But Bear was special. He lived life with total abandon. He shared his days and best moments with us. Because he was our friend, we knew there were occasional not so good times. But he chose to share the best with us, and that made our days better. We got to know his sisters and brothers and his beaches and his parks and even his pizza and burger shops ! We laughed at the goofy costumes he wore for his Mom. What a good time we had getting to know and then love him ! My staff never got to pet his soft fur, and I never got to sniff his neck and butt, but we loved him just the same.
Our hearts go out to his family, because even though we miss him desperately, we know it is nothing compared to the loss his Mom and other dear ones feel every moment of the day. We hope that soon the waves at the beach that Bear loved so much will help to wash away some of the grief, and mostly happy memories will wash ashore.
We still feel your Bear Hugs. Love, Winslow and WinslowsMom
Winslow had a very busy Memorial Day. First we went to a Memorial Observance at Pacific View Cemetery which has a lovely Memorial Day with music and many families paying their respects. We ran into the Fife and Drum Corp getting ready to go in, but before we could get a photo of Winslow with one of the nattily dressed drummers, the band started practicing loudly and Winslow recoiled in horror. It sounded fine to me, but I think it hurt Winslow’s ears.
So we left and since we were close to Roger’s Gardens, we had a look in and took some nice photos. But they were out of cookies, so next we went to Armstrongs on PCH. Happily they had cookies and Winslow didn’t have to do his spaniel eyes for long. So it is the photo from Armstrongs we are using here today.
Winslow wants to make sure that we also remember the many canine’s who have so bravely served their country. A Paw Salute and Reverent Woof to the memory of those many noble pups !
Here Winslow is drooling in anticipation of his own slice of Homemade Chicken Pot Pie. A delicacy for any Welsh Springer Spaniel !
The pie was lovingly crafted for Winslow by his Mum Cathy Hatfield. She calls it Winslow’s Shark Pie. Of course there is no Shark in it (although Mum is sure that Winslow would love shark), but there is a shark ON the pie ! There were two, in fact, even though the recipe did not call for it.
Winslow says that the pie was excellent and we should give credit to the recipe we found at http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-pot-pie-ix/ and the really easy crust at http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/perfect_pie_crust/ .
Here Winslow the Welsh Springer is enjoying time with his new menagerie. You see, once a month or so, Winslows Mom goes to garage sales and brings home stuffed anipals for Winslow. Usually they are clean but still smell of wonderful adventures in far off places. Winslows Mom says the best part is that they cost 25 cents.
Here Winslow is removing Mr. Wombat’s nose. Can’t have him nosing around all of Winslow’s special places. Winslow promptly spits out noses and eyes so that they can be sent to the nose and eye repository.
This is a sketch (by Eakins) of Thomas Eakins’ setter Harry. I told mom to put it in her painting blog. She said he’s a dog, he’s going in the dog blog. Harry was a studio dog too. Eakins painted a picture of Harry with his wife in 1884, so it was about then that Harry was around. The Met has a lot of Eakins paintings and a good bio on its website. He painted wonderful rowers.
To top off our New Years Eve celebrations, Winslow enjoyed a piece of pizza.
Winslow’s tweet buddy Bear loves pizza, so this one’s for you Bear ! ! !
And Annie. Let Rosie eat tuna !
Looking forward to lots of fun and furiends in 2013