Friday, September 28, 2012

Is It Here Yet?

This is Molly. She's a sweet hound mix. She and I are both waiting, and waiting for the book to be done. Soon, my friends. It's so hard for me to be patient...and yet, what else can I do? I've started drawing several new dogs that are not in the book. Just for fun, and hopefully finance. These will be framed and hung at Wally Workman Gallery to sell in November (or whenever). It was good to get back to scratchin'.  I'm ready...anytime now!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Printing, Printing, Printing...

This is Marlowe. He used to be a "junk-yard" dog who got retired because he was old. Now he's got a pretty cushy life in the Barclay pack. Lucky guy. He is just one of 78 dog drawings that I did in the Dog Scratchin' book that is being printed right now. I mean it. It is at the printers and should be delivered to my homestead in about 2 1/2 weeks. Yippie eye oh! Boxes and boxes of books. In case you missed my endless stream of information about this, the first showing of the book and art will be at the Anne Kittrell Gallery at the University of Arkansas October 11th at 6pm. The show will be up for a month there, but the reception is not to be missed! Let me know if you need directions etc..It's in Fayetteville, and in the Union Building on campus.
Also I will be bringing myself, art and books to the great Wally Workman Gallery in Austin Texas for a fun evening November 13th 6-8.  Both events will have a portion of my proceeds from sales going to various rescue groups. The Oct. event will have 10% going to Fayetteville Animal Shelter, and 10% going to For Pet's Sake in Springdale AR. The Texas event will have 10% going to Austin Pets Alive.
Bring your friends and come celebrate with me.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Dog Scratchin' Book Preview

I've got the unbound proof sheets of the book in hand. I'm spending the rainy weekend looking at it to make sure there are no changes needed before doing the run of 500 copies. So far I see a hyphen or comma to add or remove here and there. Making changes costs more money, so I have to decide what I can live with.
 It just makes me very happy to see it just as I envisioned. The two on the page are Trabi and Mopsie. I love the way they look. And they have a sweet story, as do all of the dogs in the book.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Dog Scratchin' Book Report

Here's Zipper and Zoey. The "Security" and the "Greeter". They are just two of the over 70 dogs that I drew, using scratchbord, between April 11 and July 20th. The book has been read and re-read and corrected, corrected again, and finally finished and is on it's way to the printer in Minn. Now I wait for the proof to check and then receive the finished product by or before Oct 11th. There will be a show and debut of the book Oct. 11th at 6pm at the Anne Kittrell Gallery at the University of Arkansas(Fayetteville) Then on November 13th at 6pm, I'll be at the Wally Workman Gallery in Austin with books and artwork. If you are in either of those areas I hope you can make it out. It's going to be fun, how can it not be, there are dogs, stories and a Miller Williams poem! Thanks y'all.