Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Latest Happenings...

Hey! A lot has been happening here lately and I feel like I've been running full speed for the last few weeks. So much for the lazy, "dog days" of summer! As you can see by the photo one of the new developments is a new hairdo. I'm now sporting a short, sporty hairstyle. Definitely cooler this time of year and really pretty easy care! 

Most of the news though and what I'm really excited about is my new website www.catherinetemple.com  featuring not only my pet portrait and dog art, but also my wildlife art. I have also created a Facebook fan page, Catherine Temple - Canine and Wildlife Art so if you're a Facebook junkie pop over there and become a fan. These are both great ways to get to know me and my art better and a way for me to connect with you!

Now that I have these up and running(which has been no small feat for someone like me who only a few years ago was more apt to shoot the computer as design a website!), I hope I can get back to some painting. While I am very pleased with these accomplishments they have really stretched me and my comfort zone. I have really started missing my paints and hope to put as much time and energy into creating pet portrait or wildlife art in the coming weeks as I have into designing a new website and fan page. And I'm sure you all would love to see some new work, too!

I think now I need to take a well deserved break, perhaps sit in the backyard, sip some iced tea and watch the hummingbirds play in the sprinklers. Ah, summer!! 

Friday, July 2, 2010

Snidely - The Pudelpointer

I'm taking a little break from painting this week, but I had the privilege of meeting this puppy this morning and felt I couldn't let a face like this go by without sharing. This is Snidely and he is a very handsome Pudelpointer. He is the newest addition to the household of my friends Dale and Linda and I was completely smitten with him. Dale brought him over for me to see and , of course, I just HAD to take pictures, not only because he has such an adorable face, but because I will eventually be painting him and because you just don't get to see a Pudelpointer every day!

So, just what is a "Pudelpointer" anyway? Is it some type of "designer" dog that someone thought would make a cute name if they bred them? Actually, a pudelponter is an official breed though not with the AKC. They are strictly a hunting breed that originates in Germany from breedings of German hunting poodles(pudels) and English pointers. They are bred to be versatile hunters on land and water and also great family dogs. I was vaguely familiar with the name of the breed, but had no in depth knowledge of them. However, after meeting Snidely I think I will be doing a little more research on them! Shhh! Don't tell Maggie, but I might just consider this breed for my next hunting dog!