Friday, January 24, 2014

DAY 24 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

"Herman's Hideaway"
6" x 12"
oil on wrapped canvas
(will be painted around the edges to match 
the continuation of the scene)

When we first moved to farmland Kansas, we thought it was gonna be
so neat to let our dogs run!  We did for a very short
time, and you will understand why.
Our black and tan dachshund, Herman, really was
a TRUE badger dog.
He hunted as much as he could..from squirrel to raccoon 
to bird to bunny to cat.
He loved the chase!  Don't worry, he never got a cat.

One day he slipped away down the road on our property
and stuck his head into a tree like the one above,
barking and creating such a fuss.
I just knew by the sound of it,
he had cornered something 
good - for him.

Long story shortened...we eventually had to pull him out of the hole
in that tree
by the tail and backend..he had gone so far into
it, it was starting to 
become doubtful if we let it go
longer that we could help him out.
From that day forward, we had to keep a
very close eye on Herman.
There are just too many wild critters
to let a smallish dog go running.

Fast forward...we did an RV trip to
Indian Cave State Park in Nebraska
a few years back. While doing some site
seeing we ran into all these great trees,
growing right along the bank of where
they had dug the road.
This tree caught my eye - a PERFECT tree
for Herman!! 

He is no longer with us - but boy,
that dog left us many good and fun memories!


Cindy D. said...

Wonderful remembrance of Herman! And wonderful style to this painting. The greens and yellows are so pretty!

Sally Dean said...

Love what you are doing and reading the blog! You are a good painter

Pattie Wall said...

Thanks Cindy and Sally - I appreciate your stopping by and your nice comments!

Victoria on Okinawa said...

What a story! That tree makes me think of a person waiting to interact! Cool!