Thursday, December 10, 2009

Caroling Dachshunds is Done!

Here it is - the finished commission of the three caroling Dachshunds. My wonderful client is printing them up for her yearly greeting, and I have got them listed for sale on Cafe Press and Zazzle - available singly or get as many as you need - this is, IMHO, one of my best. In addition, I wrote some new lyrics to "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" with a Doxie flair, and it appears inside the cards. See below for the words.

"We Wish You a Dachsie Christmas"
by Terry Pond, sung to the tune of "We Wish You a Meerry Christmas"

We wish you a Dachsie Christmas
We wish you a Dachsie Christmas
We wish you a Dachsie Christmas and a Yappy New Year
Glad bitings we bring to you and your kin
Glad bitings for Christmas and a Yappy New Year


Oh, bring us some doggy pudding
Oh, bring us some doggy pudding
Oh, bring us some doggy pudding and a chewy pig’s ear
We won’t go until we get some;
We won’t go until we get some;
We won’t go until we get some, so bring some out here


We wish you a Dachsie Christmas
We wish you a Dachsie Christmas
We wish you a Dachsie Christmas and a Yappy New Year

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Three 'coon night

Just put some warm water out for a mama racoon and her two adolescent kits. Imagine the looks on their faces - not only water to wash down the cat kibble, but it was warm on their little hands in this arctic cold. Their regular water bowl was frozen solid.

I think of all the little domestic animals out in this cold tonight and wish I could give them all a warm drink and invite them inside. At least the male cat we've seen for the last few years out in all weather is safely cuddled in a warm comforter at my mom's house; she took in both of the cats from down the street that needed homes after their owner was evicted. In trade I took Gromit, the Pixiebob we rescued from King County Animal Control last year. Grommy was declawed when we got her so she is expecially sensitive to aggression in other cats, and the new boy, Slim, was quite the Alpha. Gromit does love Wally Weiner, though. :-)
Here is the painting, about 99% done. I want to add some other little bare trees to the scene and maybe some frost in the corners of the window. This will also be available at Cafe Press and Zazzle on Christmas cards - I'll post the link as soon as I have it listed.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Baby, it's cold outside!

Sitting here in my studio - a daylight basement - wearing two sweaters and watching the squirrels come to the window in search of a treat. The raccoons got a couple of leftover hard-boiled eggs last night; this morning there are frozen hard-boiled egg parts on the front step. Yuckers. The 'coonies really looked like they wanted to come in and sleep on the bed last night. It is a brisk 17 degrees this morning with not a cloud in the sky. I really need to go buy Kelly some new boots today as her favorite recess activity is cracking ice puddles with her feet.
I have been working on a commission that I do every year - a lovely history of Christmas cards featuring a family of beloved weiner dogs has been the result. It feels good to be working in watercolors again (last year I did a digital illustration of the crew), and the work is coming along well. I hope to finish it today and then I will post it. In the meantime I thought my readers might enjoy this sketch of one of the dogs caroling.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

New on Zazzle

This is my latest flash panel on Zazzle. I've been adding a lot of Christmas cards there. The neat thing with Zazzle is that you can order as many or as few cards as you need and you can customize them - have your own greeting printed inside or use my graphics. They also offer bulk discounts - making them more user friendly if don't just want 1, 10 or 20.

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