My Muse

My Muse

Monday, December 15, 2008

I'm The King Of The Wooooorld

Oil on stretched canvas 15" x 30"

This is Sammy. Such a regal look to him, such an impy look. We were on our way to the dog park this day and he had his head out checking out everything.

You may email me at Sophie@palm-spirit.com

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I Love This Weather!!!


Oil 14" x 18" on stretched canvas. Such a regal face. This Shaq, our friend Ray's 16 year old Lab. My Sophie adores him!!! And if you knew her she is extremely fussy.
Shaq is the tallest Lab I have ever known. When Ray comes to visit we sit out back and have wine, watch the kids play. Sophie, Fergus and Sammy can run straight under the table we are at...Shaq..he follows and takes the table with him!!
You can contact me at sophie@palm-spirit.com Enjoy!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Finished The Alaska Series!!!!


The brushes were breaking, the last bit of white oil paint was squeezed onto the palette and I tipped over my bottle of cleaning fluid...oh and yes I got it in my coffee. Sigh. 28 paintings.


I'm tired and exhilerated at the same time. It's the largest body of work in one subject that I have ever accomplished. The second to last piece started to get a little abstract. I'll post it here.



I'll be excited to see them all together and I plan on making cards from the images. If any one is interested please email me. I will have all images on my web site soon.

Sophie@palm-spirit.com

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Well spent the day painting Alaska paintings. Almost finished. By the end of next week they will be posted on my web site and we'll start the choosing.

The kids all got huge beef bones from the meat man and I gave Sammy the huge knuckle. It's disappeared and we're hoping he ate it all and not swallowed it..LOL..He has Sophie's now and she's been complaining all day. Those little woofs that say..."Mum..get it!!!!"

Anyway...have a wonderful day tommorrow. I give thanks for Roger , Sophie, Fergus and Sammy, my children and grandkids, Ray and Mr. Shaq and all of my wonderful friends that I have met and chat with from my web site to Ebay. You all give my life meaning and I thank God everyday for you all.!!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Heading Home

14 x 18 stretched canvas oil
I've been having so much fun painting the images from my Alaska Voyage that I decided to do a different size of a Lab walking down the lane between the snow covered trees.

Our Labs have never seen snow but seeing how excited they get in cold weather I can only imagine. One day we'll take them North!!!

Sophie@palm-spirit.com

How Not To Start A Week!















Ok...The water heater went over the weekend...I dropped a favorite game I play when I want to be braindead and it broke. So what else could happen right??

This weekend Roger was working on a friends computer that he had set up for her. He placed it on the end of the glass dinning room table. The monitor was there, the keyboard, my decorations to the other side. I got a cup of coffee and went to sit on the living room couch to watch a bit of the Today show before I started my day. Walking by the table I put the remote on top of the tower so no one would steal it.

Fergus curled at my feet, Sophie took the chaise and Sammy for some reason got up and sat at the table. Not unusual for him. The next few moments were all in slow motion as I saw Sam put two paws on the glass table and start to raise himself up to see what was on top of the computer tower. The sinking scene from the Titanic came to my mind, the chairs sliding to the bow, the people trying to grab hold....Sammy froze, I froze...the sound was awful and the glass was everywhere. The Labs came right over to inspect but they know not to go near broken glass.

Sammy is being so very good right now giving me sad I'm really sorry Mum eyes when I walk by.

It's all good in the whole scheme of things. The computer was dead anyway...and no-one was hurt...and Thanksgiving will be interesting with us all sitting around a little bistro table. We;ll be a VERY close family!!! :-)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Guess Who???

14 x 18 on stretched canvas.
It's a normal day..always trying to find some room on the couch with sammy stretched out.
YOu may email me at: sophie@palm-spirit.com

Monday, November 17, 2008

Alaska in Paint and Labs

Living with Labs!! There were 5 to put on today however Sophie got exuberant in the cooler weather and caught one that hadn't dried on her side ( I saw the paint) and it went flying of course landing face down. I wasn't sure if I had liked it, now I'm positive. Sigh. Roger did say now it had real texture and original Lab hair and our friend Ray said that maybe I could start doing multi-dimensional art. When I finish 40 Alaska paintings I will be putting them on my web site for our fellow travelers to choose. It's been a lot of work but Oh so much fun.

Where will our next adventure be...????






Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Perfect Day

The "Perfect Day"
30" x 30" x 1 3/4 Gallerywrap canvas
3200.00

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Took The Day Off..Guess Where We Went











Blue Angels at Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral Air Force Base 2008









Friday, November 7, 2008

Boxes and Paintings and Photos

The Group of us in Alaska. Waiting for the ferry to Valdez.
I love taking photos from planes.

And a huge thank you to....Dash and Copper for their licks to get the stamps on!!!
So boxes for shipping are coming today, the paintings for our Alaksa package will now be 16 x 20. I am getting a great price for that size since they are already in stock and boxed. ..and will be so much easier for you to frame!! All worked out just fine.
I'm back to painting my sweet Labbies and everything is good in the world!!!
sophie@palm-spirit.com


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Back To Work












I'm back to work today after 2 and 1/2 weeks. I Loved it!!!! These are 5" x5" x 3" stretched canvas blocks. Fun to do and give a wonderful 3 D effect when hung or just placed on a mantle.
They have been posted t0 my eBay sight. Sophie316.
Price: $130.00 each.

We're Baaaaack!

So it took a few days of me moving from the couch, of course followed by the merry band, to the bed, to the next couch to recover from the journey! What a time we had in Alaska!!! Roger, Ray and I were like the 3 Amigo's...all that was missing was a silly hand shake. I honestly don't think I have ever laughed so much on a trip before.

My son Jamie, who had workd in Alaska at one time , asked for Reindeer Sausage. It's really good but to find an actual place that sells it with out by-products is dificult. We did find a great place that also served wine as you waited, however, at one point someone did mention the Alaska Zoo as a possibility of getting the sausage. LOL...

Last night I let the kids out and a great hooha ensued. Sammy and Fergus were onto some prey.
A possum. I saw Sammy do a small shake then release and the possum lay dead. LOL...Roger went out with a shovel and scooped him over the fence. Sorry neighbors..he just needed to be away from here. Reading this morning on Possums he may have come out of his trance and scooted away. Wow he looked Dead!!!!! Life with Labs!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Our Last Day In Alaska

Mainstreet Wasilla. They do have a new shopping area down on the next block. Target etc.


Setting sun.....the light all day looks like it's 4pm .
This is Marc Polo, an ex sled dog adopted by a new friend of ours.





Roger and Ray walking with the two Tollers, Dash and Copper at Hatcher Pass.
























































We leave at 9:30 pm tonight. Long night and will be home tommorrow at 11am EST. Today we are going to Lake Hood to see the water planes take off, pick up Reindeer sausage for my son, and other fun things before our trip is over. I'll post more pics tommorrow then Thursday back to work. Not sure if I'll be awake but I'll be back to work. Chat again soon fellow travelers!!!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Ray's Blog

You really need to read this Blog too to get Ray's side of our trip. Hysterical!!!!

http://alaskaorbust1.blogspot.com/

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Great Photos!!!!! :-)


A few more images for you fromtoday's drive.

Majestic!!!! Needs a Lab there though doesn't it!!! LOL






The Alaska Pipeline














I wish I had photoshop with me to lighten the picture but boy the telephoto lense paid for itself today! What an image. The eagles are everywhere. We drove from Valdez to Anchorage today through Thompson Pass!!! The weather was incredible..at one point it was -1 degree but who cared. Simply breathtaking!!!








Sunday in Valdez


The end of the Pipeline!!!!
Today we will be driving back to Anchorage and will actually see the pipeline. More photos tonight when we get back.!!

Pictures from the Ferry going into Valdez.


And Yes!!! Ice burg dead ahead!!!!



Bob from Alaska, Labrodite!!!!

























Rebecca and Matt our hosts!










Entrance and tunnel from Whittier Through the mountain to the Ferry.








Well it's about 6:30am here. Yesterday we took the ferry to Valdez where we are now. We docked across from the oil refinery where the Pipeline ends and the freighters come in to collect the oil. Valdez is small but larger than some of the towns we saw. Nice houses since most of the workers live here. Surrounded by mountains they get about 50feet of snow here during the winter. Right now there is snow and icey roads...

I'll try and get some photos on now so you can see. One is the beginning of the tunnel to Whittier then inside the tunnel. Well this was backwards wasn't it!!! LOL