Pawffiti…important messages from the pets we love.
This is my latest Pawffiti…it marks the return of Hippie Kitty…I have painted her in the past with a different setting and with a different message. For reasons yet unknown to me it was time for her to return to canvas. My art is my way of doing more…it allows me to be present at home for my house full of pets yet still do a little something to help the some of the pets still waiting for a family. Hippie Kitty is going to be my first painting of which I have prints made. I have never made prints of my artwork before. I am not sure if that is because I didn’t have the time and energy to figure out how to do it or because I just wasn’t ready…but I suppose the more paintings and now prints I sell the more I can donate to help more animals. I found a fabulous photographer in Lexington, Mary Resney, who specializes in photographing artwork…she has been so helpful and patient with an amateur such as myself. She is making digital files of my artwork so not only can I do prints but at some point perhaps even some T-shirts and other merchandise. The prints will be available in a few different sizes and will be printed on canvas. The original is already listed for sale at my ETSY shop.
Like most of the country…Kentucky is having a wicked cold snap this week. Here that means that too many dogs and cats are scratching out a living outside on their own. There are a few counties in Kentucky that are really proactive…the animal control teams run non-stop responding to calls from concerned citizens who see dogs and cats left out in the cold. But in most counties here…these animals get little to no help. The laws protecting animals here are weak (the worst in the country in fact) and the appetite to change these laws even weaker. The flagrant social acceptance of things like cock fighting and dog fighting are hard to stomach. While I struggle with knowing what is going on around the state…I know I was meant to be here…time will tell what my own little role will be in the narrative of creating better lives for animals in Kentucky perhaps it will just be more painting. I will be going to Humane Lobby Day next month in Frankfort and hope to hear some positive news about what can be done to make Kentucky a better place for animals. It is going to take an army of advocates to change things here. If you are a Kentuckian…please join me in Frankfort on Feb. 24th…email me if you need details (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you want to follow more things going in KY to help animals follow my Facebook Page...I post any events, petitions, etc. there.
With all of our critters running around our house there really is no such thing as quiet time at the Halverson home…but we love our chaos and as the years pass Bret and I learn to appreciate life with animals more and more. I have come to the conclusion that the animals choose us…each one coming in to our lives when they are suppose to and leaving when they are suppose to. We have three very senior dogs and a senior cat…they began slowing down a lot in the last year or so and each has some sort of chronic health issue now. All of them manage to maintain their normal patterns albeit at a slower pace and they remain steadfast in their affection for us. I am always amazed at their graceful acceptance of their aging and limiting bodies…as I get older I hope I age as gracefully as they do. I consider it an honor to walk through their senior years with them and appreciate this time in their lives when they really do need their mama.
Its hard to believe that we have lived in Kentucky for six months now. Despite some of the heartbreaking scenes we see for animals here Bret and I really do love it. Kentucky is a beautiful state, the weather beats the pants off of Minnesota weather and we have made wonderful new friends here. We have decided we didn’t really buy a house here…we bought a great big project…more work than either of us realized. But this is our first home that we chose together as a married couple and despite the drafts, creaks in the floors, crooked doorways and questionable plumbing (eeek)…we love this house and for the first time in a long time…we feel like we are home. We have decided we want to name our home…so far we have a few potential ideas….but want to stew on it a bit longer…if you have any suggestions feel free to offer them up!
Blessings from all of us and Rescue On!