I have that incredible feeling that can only be obtained when your child does something really smart, artistic and creative. Let's put aside the fact that I am talking about my Border Collie when I say child and let me just bask in the moment. My little Trudy is an artist. As you can see from the top picture, Trudy has made part of the cedar fence a wooden canvas. She draws on it each and every day. At first I was just noticing her tendency of rebounding off this fence every higher and higher in her attempts to reach the squirrels. My husband said he looked out our kitchen window one day and thought he saw a bird in flight, but it turned out just to be Trudy having launched herself about six feet off the ground with her efforts.
She typically rebounds off this fence in order to take a look over the six foot chain length fence that connect to it at this corner. The first time I saw her doing this I just about came unglued because she did it so effortlessly and it was very evident that if she wanted to she could easily go sailing over the six foot fence. At that point in her life I had been delaying her spaying, figuring that waiting until she was about a year old would give her a better amount of time to grow more fully. When I saw her 'bird in flight' abilities I scheduled her spaying for the next week. All she needed to go sailing over the fence was a reason and I was not about to let Mother Nature give her any hormonal input. So with her natural urges curtailed I guess she turned as many do to artistic endeavors. I think she is rather talented, I will let you decide for yourself.
This is a portion of her wooden canvas and has not been retouched in any way. You can see how she has applied many layers to create texture and has also used the natural structure of the fence in this work. Look closely and you will see the bear.
Bear and Mule Deer
Now this next part of the canvas is from the upper right side and displays yet another animal theme.
It took me a while to see it and I believe it is still a work in progress based on some lack of definition in the mane to the lower right but as you can see in the outline it is clearly a lion.
Trudy also has another canvas on the back fence. Sadly I have had to cover up this work of art because as she draws here she likes to use her back feet and hang her front legs over the top of the six foot fence, effectively doing a chin up. Since her body was rising higher and higher with each effort I felt it was just a matter of time before she accidentally vaulted over. Therefore, I put a lawn cart in the way, forcing her to draw on another part of the fence that has a large amount of vines at the top as a barrier to 'escape'. So this work is unfinished and yet I feel you will find it has merit.
Now taken as a whole, you can see a lot of energy and emotion, but not much specific drawing, however if you look at it section by section you will see the brilliance of her work.
This is the lower section of the canvas and at first my husband and I debated as to what this creature was. He said Graboid from the movies Tremors, and while it definitely looks like that in the front part to the left of the drawing, I think she meant this creature to have legs. I think you will agree there is a close resemblance to a Triceratops.
The jumble of legs I interpret as her way of revealing movement. What a smart girl. She obviously has never seen a Triceratops, but she did recently chew up a section of our encyclopedia. I am pretty sure she devoured the T section. And there I was thinking she was just being destructive when she was just doing research.
This section is taken from the upper right part of the canvas. She obviously is mostly interested in doing wildlife scenes.
I hardly need to outline this one at all because it is so clearly her depiction of a bird. I think though she is doing a cross between a mockingbird and a horned owl.
So as you can no doubt see I have a very talented girl on my hands. If you see anymore images that I have missed please let me know. Right now she seem content with this single media, but who knows when she might branch into other artistic avenues.