Friday, December 30, 2011

Red Jeep

Oil Painting Car Art Antique Sport Utility Vehicle

Oil on canvas, 9" x 7".

A friend's husband acquired an older Jeep to work on for fun and I wanted to paint it when I spied it in her driveway.  It's strange for me to have a compulsion to paint a vehicle! 
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mini Schnauzer

Oil Painting Pet Portrait Animal Commission Art Dog

Watercolor on Arches watercolor paper, 11" x 9".

Schnauzer are amazing dogs to paint, especially in watercolor I believe.  In this medium I can showcase their characteristic "haircuts".   This girl's eye shines from beneath her bushy eyebrow and her profile is so attractive.  I'm very happy that I could finish this particular commissioned portrait before Christmas.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Puppy

Oil Painting Pet Portrait Animal Art Golden Retriever Puppy

Oil on hardboard, 6" x 8".

Puppies are sometimes the cutest when they're a little tired and starry-eyed I think.  This young Golden Retriever puppy looks tuckered out but happy.  Maybe she's trying to stay awake and not miss any fun.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas season!
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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Westie Takes a Break

Oil Painting Pet Dog Art Portrait West Highland Terrier


Oil on canvas panel, 8" x 6".

Christmas Sale! This cute Westie is taking a short break but will be ready for more play and action soon. She just needs to catch her breath! She probably does a lot of sliding on the wood floors also when chasing a favorite toy.  The painting would make a nice gift for someone who is owned by a Westie.  If you'd like to commission a painting please contact me.
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Saturday, December 03, 2011

Christmas Wreath Welcome

Oil Painting Still Life Art Red Door Home Holiday Decorations Architecture

Oil on stretched canvas, 10" x 8".
The 3/4" sides are painted making it ready to hang without frame if desired.

I had some fun with a decorated red door.  The different shades of red/orange for the lighted and shaded areas of the door were luscious to paint and interesting to discover.  Wanting to keep it simple, I felt free to just imply the wreath and ribbon.  The light was most important!  Puts me in the Christmas spirit too. 
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sprinkled Chocolate Donut

Oil Painting Still Life Art Food Doughnut Kitchen Coffee Bakery

Oil on canvas, 7" x 9".

I appreciate the shine on a chocolate glazed donut after painting this one.  The rich chocolate color is dense with a wonderful reddish-brown in places.  The hole of the donut is a mysterious sphere that draws me in.  The sprinkles on top are playful and have their own voices. 
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Growing Violets

Oil Painting Still Life Art Flowers Botanical Floral House Plant African

Oil on canvas, 6" x 8".

My African Violets have been perking up and showing their "faces" recently and I painted them illuminated from sunlight streaming through the window.  I like their large soft, fuzzy leaves which fan out in all directions while protecting the delightful purple/blue flowers inside. 
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Cow Pony Resting

Oil Painting Horse Art Portrait Farm Animals Equine

Oil on Canvas, 9" x 12"

This was a working cowboy's horse at a fun local event.  He was in the lead ahead of a covered wagon offering rides to event goers.  He took a break here and was enjoying the attention of many fans around him.  His closed eyes reminded me of gentleness and calm.  I loved his unusual and beautiful face and was especially attracted to the golden mane.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Daffodil Dance

Watercolor Flower Art Still Life Botanica Floral

Watercolor on Arches, 13" x 9".

The fresh and transparent appearance of watercolors are great when painting flowers and I wanted these daffodills to burst out with color and movement. I also used pen and ink lines to define the flowers, stems and leaves. Leaving parts of the petals and much of the background white lends a crispness to the painting I think. 
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Young Redhead

Oil Painting Art Portraits People Figure Girl

Oil on canvas, 12 x 9"

I wanted to capture this attractive pose of a girl with beautiful hair.  And I tried to paint her simply but also expressively.  The different shapes that made up the whole form of the figure were interesting and kept me engaged and enthusiastic about the outcome.  That's always a great feeling!
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Face to Face

Oil Chicken Art Portraits Farm Animal Rooster

Oil on canvas, 8" x 6".

Chickens and roosters are either a little scary or very comical when viewed straight on depending on what the viewer feels.  I don't have an opinion myself.  I'm still considering it from both sides when I look at my own painting here.  But I'm sure I like the subject's energy!
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Noble

Oil Dog Pet Art Portraits Golden Retriever

Oil on canvas, 9" x 7".

I had a great time playing with the lights and shadows on this beautiful Golden who was squinting in the sun and obviously enjoying herself.  A nice warm day in the fall is always appreciated by nature lovers.  Her "contentedness" was what I wanted to capture in paint. 
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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

I'm Listening

Watercolor Dog Pet Art Portraits Chihuahua

Watercolor on Arches, 8.5" x 10"

This dog has sunk into her comfy fleece bed and looks like she's ready for a story. I really enjoy working with watercolors to create a sense of mystery with light and shadow. The biggest challenge with watercolors, that many artists know, is the frustration of ruining the beautiful white paper and not being able to fix the problem (save the painting!) as you can with an oil painting.
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Sunday, November 06, 2011

Frisbee Dog

Oil Herding Dog Pet Art Portraits Border Collie

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10".

This Border Collie was one of several talented dogs catching frisbees at a balloon festival in Oklahoma.  All of the dogs were really interesting to watch, but a particular dog was more intense and hyper than the rest I thought.  I took several photos of him and I loved the stance I caught him in. Unfortunately he wasn't very successful at getting a frisbee before one of the other dogs did.  He never stopped trying though!
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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Spanky and Lilly

Oil Yorkie Dog Pet Art Portraits Yorkshire Terrier Commission

Oil on stretched canvas, 8" x 10".

It's hard to contain the personalities and intelligence of these two little sweeties I'm sure, but I did combine their faces on one canvas.  Yorkies are a flurry of blue-grey, tan, red-tan, black, and then grey again.  Their coats are their shining glory!  But their eyes are what steal hearts I think. 

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Potted Hot Peppers

Oil Painting Still Life Art Flowers Botanical Floral landscape

Oil on stretched canvas, 10" x 8".

I've wanted to paint this container for a long time and this year's gorgeous peppers sprouting from it finally made me do it.  The afternoon sunlight was setting the ornamental peppers on fire and the single flower on the side of the planter was waving them on.  Or so it seemed!
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Arkansas Persimmon

Oil Painting Still Life Art Natural Native Fruit

Oil on canvas, 4" x 5"

Ripe persimmons are very sweet!  If not ripe, though, they will really make you pucker.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October Petunias

Oil Painting Still Life Art Flowers Autumn Botanical Garden Fall

Oil on Canvas, 12" x 9"

Petunias were still in full bloom last week and I caught some cascading from their container.  I was instantly attracted to their shadows on the concrete walk and also on the brick wall of the library.  Sunlight highlighted some the petunia petals while the others remained shaded.  These all formed an interesting design to paint.  The container became a more "pumpkiny" color when I painted it because it just felt right. I loved popping in all of the shades of reds and pinks in this piece!
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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ferny Grove

Oil Landscape Painting Forest Woodland Nature Hiking Creek

Oil on stretched canvas, 20" x 16"

Light and shadow were even more important to me in this larger painting.  I laid in the shaded areas first to get the darks established and then allowed myself to work on the unshaded areas.  This helped the midtones be closer to the correct value and gave them some glow.  The grove was a pleasing combination of some favorite things - rock, water and greenery.  It seemed to be an intimate look into a secluded area of nature! 
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Rose and Mint

Oil Painting Still Life Art Flowers Vase Spearmint Peppermint

Oil on Canvas, 10" x 8"

I paired a deep red rose with a few sprigs from a spearmint plant for this still life.  It seemed a little odd at first but I decided I liked the combination of the greens and reds with the white vase.  Something cheerful about it!
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Friday, October 07, 2011

Billy Goat

Oil Painting Art Pet Portraits Farm Animals

Oil on canvas, 6" x 8"

Goats are so strange looking but still cute in their own way.  This guy was very approachable and curious and, most importantly,  I loved his hairy chin!  I thought he deserved his own portrait.
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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Bluebonnets and Burro

Oil Painting Donkey Art Pet Portraits Farm Animals

Oil on canvas, 9" x 12"

Burros were enjoying the same bluebonnet fields that the Texas longhorns were.  I loved the relaxed stance of this donkey and how the sunlight lit her shaggy coat.  The bright green fields with the floating flowers seemed to roll along for miles.  Very peaceful.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Double Red Gerberas

Oil Painting Flowers Still Life Art Botanical Garden

Oil on hardboard, 5" x 7"

I wanted to make this little painting sing with color and light.  The red Gerberas may have started out to be the "stars", but the bowl actually seemed more interesting when I applied thick bands of color with a palette knife to its rim.  Gerberas are some of my favorite flowers to paint.  I wish I could keep them growing inside during the cold seasons.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Maple and Pine

Oil Painting Landscape Palette knife Art Autumn Trees Forest

Oil on canvas, 10" x 8"

Working with a palette knife in this painting, I painted quickly to capture the exuberant feeling I felt for the scene.  I worked from a friend's photograph that was taken when we hiked a beautiful forest area of Arkansas. The filtered sunlight highlighted the colorful maple leaves that were outstreched against the rough bark of a pine tree.I really liked working with the thick paint and letting areas settle into others and leaving things alone when I felt it was time to quit. 
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sage

Oil Dog Pet Art Portraits Yellow Labrador Retriever

Oil on canvas panel, 10" x 12".

Sage is a good name for this Yellow Lab who is getting on in years and still bears a sweet and earnest expression.  What a smart and loyal dog for a loving family!  It was a rewarding commissioned piece for me to paint.
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Whiskers

Oil Painting Cat Art Pet Portraits

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"

My daughter has a fluffy black cat with white markings and the longest and thickest whiskers I've ever seen.  I painted him in one of his "regal" poses which prominently displays his whiskers close-up.  It's a little early for a Halloween painting I realized.  Oh well, I had fun with it.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Daisy

Oil Dog Pet Art Portraits Sheltie

Oil on canvas panel, 10" x 8".

This was a commissioned painting of a beautiful Sheltie named Daisy.  I so enjoyed her smiling face and striking mane.  It's to be a gift for a sister who loves her Sheltie dog and companion.
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Friday, September 09, 2011

Private Path

Oil Landscape Painting Forest Woodland Nature Hiking

Oil on canvas, 14" x 11"

A path leading into a shaded forest seemed to follow the "entrances" theme that I had worked on recently.  This painting is different in that it is in a nature setting and not buildings.  It was hard to get the colors correct in the photo but this is really close I think.  There are lots of bright yellows for the sunlit areas and some reds and violets appear in the shaded parts.  I love to hike and a path like this is so inviting!  (I will post my first painting in the theme of entrances in a few weeks).
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Monday, September 05, 2011

Nose to Muzzle

Oil Painting Donkey Art Farm Animal Portraits Jackass

Oil on stretched canvas, 14" x 11"

If you observe a group of donkeys you can usually see something similar to the scene I painted with this pair.  They are very "nosey" and also affectionate.  I enjoy painting the coloring of their coats and their distinct muzzles.  Of course, their long, hairy ears are always fun. 
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Friday, September 02, 2011

No Worries

Oil Dog Pet Art Portraits Pug

Oil on stretched canvas, 10" x 8".

This handsome Pug dog is quite comfy on his bedding in my painting.  I painted it for my local Pug rescue group's annual fundraising event this month.  "Pugfest" is organized by NWArkansas Pug Rescue and is always loads of fun! 
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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Garlic and Crock

Oil Still Life Painting Organic Vegetables Kitchen Art Crock Jar Pot

Oil on canvas, 10" x 8"

This time I attempted a group of garlic as the star of the painting.  I like their subtle color and the forms the bulbs make together.  I hadn't planned to render the objects with as much realism as I did, but that is what happened when I put paint to canvas.  My vision changes after I begin a painting many times (fortunately or unfortunately). The reflections on the table were interesting to me also.
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Friday, August 26, 2011

What's That?

Oil Dog Pet Art Portraits Pug

Oil on stretched canvas, 10" x 8" x 3/4".

I painted this from an older photo of my pug, Mabel, when she was much younger and her tongue protruded only a little bit (it's much longer now). She had this wonderfully quizzical, wall-eyed expression when you got her attention and this look is typical of a young Pug and I've always wanted to capture it in paint. The sides of the painting are painted making it ready to hang unframed if desired.
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Calf in Bluebonnets

Oil Painting Cow Art Farm Animal Portraits Calf Wild Flowers

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"

What could be more pleasant than a Longhorn calf in Texas Bluebonnets?  A friend took some great photos of cattle and donkeys in a bluebonnet covered pasture south of Dallas.  This calf was being protected by the bull.  I was attracted to the image of the calf and his spots blending in with the flowers.  Bluebonnets have a wonderfully sweet smell. 
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Calico Softness

Oil Painting Cat Art Pet Portrait Feline

Oil on canvas, 10" x 8".

I love the intrigue of painting cats and returned to it once again.  A calico, Sarah, was perched on her comfy porch swing and there was an overall feeling of softness to her figure which was compelling to me.  I tried to capture her Calico beauty and mystery as she gazes at us from her cushions. 
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cantaloupe Slice

Oil Painting Fruit Art Still Life Melon Garden

Oil on Raymar Panel 6" x 8" .

This is one of my favorite fruit still-life paintings from the past.  A slice of cantaloupe with a red and white checkered cloth and the glass bowl for reflections. It was fun and rewarding for me to put these visually yummy things together and paint them against a dark background.
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Sunday, August 07, 2011

Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Oil Painting Bird Art Fowl Wildlife Exotic

Oil on canvas hardboard, 6" x 7".

The male Grosbeak has a bright rose-red patch on his breast.  They are large songbirds in the Cardinal family and their song is a subdued mellow warbling.  Beautiful birds!  I like the red and green complementary colors in this one too. 
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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Open Yellow Rose

Oil Painting Flower Art Still Life Botanical Garden

Oil on canvas hardboard, 6" x 8"

The light and shadow pattern on this rose was the attraction for me.  After establishing the shaded areas of the painting, I painted the remainder of the painting with freedom and fun!
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Kune Kune Pig

Oil Painting Pig Pet Portraits Farm Animal Commission Art

Oil on stretched canvas. 12" X 16".

Kune Kune pigs are small, friendly creatures similar to Pot-bellied pigs.  They are commonly kept as pets in New Zealand and the UK.  They usually have two wattles hanging from their lower jaw.  They're intelligent and easy to train.  This painting was a commissioned piece. 
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Monday, July 25, 2011

Boomer

Oil Painting Dog Art Pet Portraits Miniature Schnauzer Commission

Oil on stretched canvas 8" x 10" x 3/4".

Boomer was a commissioned piece from a while back.  I liked his ears and messy, under-cover expression.  This breed is so sweet I think!
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Cape Glossy Starling

Oil Painting Bir Art Fowl Wildlife Exotic

Oil on canvas hardboard, 6" x 8".

This bird is a glossy starling and is a South African native.  It was a playful painting for me.  The  striking blue-green metallic feathers along with his yellow eyes were intriguing.  And the best part was his quirky shadow!  These starlings are frequent visitors to gardens and feeders where they live. 
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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Rose Bouquet

Oil Still Life Flower Vase Garden Impressionist Red Pink Purple

Oil on canvas panel, 12" x 9".

This painting is from a few years ago and was sold to one my most wonderful collectors.  Thanks, Lynn!
I'm exploring new approaches to flower painting with an impressionist feel and I like the way in which these roses and vase came together as a painting. I kept the brushstrokes simple and the colors seem to vibrate with the gold tones throughout the pinks and purples. I also used thicker paint in describing the shapes of the leaves and blooms.
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sally

Oil Painting Dog Art Pet Portraits Daschund Commission

Oil on stretched canvas, 10" x 8"

Sally is a chocolate Daschund and I think she looks stunning in the sunlight surrounded by greenery in this painting.  She's a curious dog and has fun both inside and out.  The heart-shaped leaves of the vines in her yard made a nice background for her portrait.  
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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Bizzy Blue

Oil Painting Dog Art Pet Portraits Shitzus Commission

Oil on stretched canvas, 12" x 9"

I enjoyed painting this sweet Shitzu dog.  His black and white markings are distinctive and I love the bright look in his expression! 
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Saturday, July 09, 2011

Nectarines

Oil Still Life Painting Organic Fruit Kitchen Art

Oil on canvas hardboard, 6" x 8"

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Thursday, July 07, 2011

Red Onions and Garlic

Oil Still Life Painting Organic Vegetables Kitchen Art Glass Bottle

Oil on canvas hardboard, 10" x 8"

I really wanted the title of the painting to include "green bottle" but that would be too long I thought.  The things I enjoyed were the strong light falling across the onions and garlic and also the many reflections and shapes in the green glass bottle.  This was definitely a fun piece, but it was one of those paintings that I feel I had included too many details and wasn't what I had envisioned when I started.
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Monday, July 04, 2011

Begonia Blooms

Oil Painting Flower Art Still Life Botanical Garden

Watercolor on watercolor canvasboard, 8.75" x 11".

I kept watch over my begonia bulb after planting it in a pot and made sure it received plenty of shade so that I could finally enjoy its beautiful leaves and blooms.  My attention to it paid off with these delicately-colored flowers.  I decided to paint them in watercolor on the watercolor canvas I've been experimenting with for some time.  The watercolor paint can be applied in puddle-like forms to make the shapes of the composition which I find interesting.  And many layers can be built up if  I'm careful not to disturb the layers underneath with a heavy hand.  I sprayed the painting with clear acrylic so that it doesn't need to be framed under glass like watercolors on paper must be framed.
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Saturday, July 02, 2011

Bee Among Azaleas

Oil Painting Flower Art Still Life Garden Honey Bee Insects

Oil on canvas hardboard, 9" x 12"

An artist friend photographed a wonderful image of a bee busy at work on a cluster of pink azalea petals.  It became one of many challenge images to paint in our artist group.  The mediums used were oil, watercolor and colored pencil.  This oil painting was my contribution.  I love the translucent wings of the bee covering the azalea bloom.  I still haven't painted the bowl of lemons that the others have finished. 
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Aussie Portrait

Oil Painting Dog Art Pet Portraits Australian Shepherd

Oil on canvas hardboard, 6" x 8"

Australian Shepherds are definitely easy on the eye and fun to paint for me as a dog admirer.  Their eyes are startling, yes, but what I really like are their folded ears which perk up when they are interested in something or someone.  I had a great time with the grays, whites, black, browns, and the overlapping of all of them in this piece. 
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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Radish Family

Oil Still Life Painting Vegetable Garden Organic Kitchen Art

Oil on hardboard, 10" x 8"

I liked the feeling of movement that I saw with the radish tails and their leafy tops in my arrangement of these fresh radishes.  I grow different types for a variety of colors and shapes.  It's a wonder to me how painting simple food subjects seems to be so satisfying.   
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Basset Fenced In

Oil Painting Dog Art Pet Portraits Hound

Oil on canvas hardboard, 10" x 8"

This piece was painted from one of several photos I took of the wandering hound, Molly, when she was lost for a time from her home.  Here she is behind a neighbor's fence waiting for her family to fetch her.  She gave me her friendly expression, or maybe it was a pleading one to be let out.  Bassets are full of wonderful expressions and always interesting to me. 
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