Passing Shot

Fleeting Summer March 18 2015

“Fleeting Summer” 3 x 6″ Pastel and Watercolor on paper. © 2015 TheresaMaeFunk. All rights reserved.

I typically take passing shots with my mobile device from the passenger seat of a car, trying to catch a fleeting glimpse of the day’s destination.  Today, I am sharing the view of yesterday’s artwork from a stationary chair in my make-shift studio.

Passing Shot

© 2015 TheresaMaeFunk. All rights reserved.

© 2015 TheresaMaeFunk. All rights reserved.

Snapping photographs with my mobile device from the passenger seat of a car usually requires a bit of editing before I publish it to my creative diary.   This endearing image was taken during a recent visit to Valley Springs, California.

The Blues For The Greens

5 x 7" Watercolor and Pastel on paper

“Nearing the Vista”5 x 7″ Watercolor and Pastel on paper. ©2015, Theresa Mae Funk. All rights reserved

There are not many days that I don’t catch myself thinking about Vermont, the Green Mountain State, my former home of twenty-three years.  My friends are enduring another long winter of sub-zero temperatures that ruin their cheerful dispositions.  They too, have got the blues for the greens.

 

American Ninja Terrier: Big Adventures of a Little Dog

Stella will be four years old on Valentines Day, according to the date of birth that is listed on her Circle of Hope K-9 Rescue adoption papers.  Bianca, (her former name) was one of five puppies that were left in a box near the Rescue’s kennels.  At least whomever abandoned the baby dogs had the sense to leave them in a location where they knew they would be cared for.

baby stella

How could I not give this dog a home?

Also noted on Stella’s adoption papers was her breed.  Rat Terrier/Pomeranian mix.   Pomeranian?  Highly unlikely. She is an American Ninja Terrier through and through I thought, as I looked at the photos of the litter that had been sent to me.  Adorable? Absolutely. Garden guard dog potential?  Possible.  Knick knack, paddy-whack, give the dog a home?  Definitely.  And so her journey from Milan, Tennessee to Middlebury, Vermont began.

Stella Transit

Yoda?

I adopted Stella in March, but had to wait until June to receive her. The adoption fee includes spaying and neutering, first round immunizations, complete health assessments, and transportation fees.  Once given a clean bill of health, the adopted begin their journey to their new home.

Stella transit 2

Stella and her litter mates share a crate for the journey.

1,200 miles later, Stella and her fellow travelers arrive safely to their destination in New Hampshire where they are released to their adoptive families, or foster home volunteers.   It is an amazing network of compassionate people that willingly give of themselves to make these types of programs work.

Stella and T

A shy Stella and her human are united.

I’ll be making Stella a special batch of her favorite dog treats for her birthday next week, and will be making a donation to the Circle of Hope to express our gratitude and support.  The little dog, I think, approves.

Stella

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Passing Shots: Monterey, California

I had the good fortune of receiving an unexpected invitation to go on a Monterey Bay whale watch last week which I graciously accepted.  Seeing a whale in its natural environment was number five on my list of 101 things to do before I die, so I was ecstatic that the universe conspired to turn my wish into a reality.

Before boarding the Sea Wolf II for our 10:00 a.m. trip with the Monterey Bay Whale Watch, we walked around the Old Fisherman’s Wharf and soaked in the January morning’s bright sunlight.  An emboldened seagull posed for pictures, but refused my request for an autograph.   Very disappointing considering that Birdman won accolades at this year’s Screen Actors Guild awards.

Bird

A Seagull stands his ground on the Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, California.

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The Elephant in the Room

Elephant

Hand painted Satsuma Moriagi elephant ashtray, circa 1942.

A four-inch tall elephant occupies space in my studio.  She serves as a visual reminder for me to be more courageous about speaking up and out against behavior that is detrimental to the physical and emotional well being of others.

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”
~Margaret Mead

© 2015 Theresa Mae Funk.  All rights reserved.