10 Things Your Dog Would Tell You..
- My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be painful: remember that before you get me.
- Give me time to understand what you want of me.
- Place your trust in me- it is crucial to my well being.
- Do not be angry at me for long, and do not lock me up as punishment.
- You have your work, your entertainment,and your friends. I only have you.
- Talk to me sometimes. Even if I don’t understands your words, I understand your voice when it is speaking to me.
- Be aware that how ever you treat me, I will never forget.
- Remember before you hit me that I have teeth that could easily hurt you, but I choose not to bite you because I love you.
- Before you scold me for being uncooperative, obstinate, or lazy, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I might not be getting the right food, or I have been out too long, or my heart is getting too old and weak.
- Take care of me when I get old; you too will grow old. Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say: “I cannot bear to watch” or “Let it happen in my absence.” Everything is easier for me if you are there, even my death.
Hunting near Hartenfels Castle, Torgau in Saxony, oil on panel by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Germany, 1472-1553.
Cranach was a genre painter known for his portraits and religious subjects. He was a printer, printmaker and engraver, and the above is one of several of his hunt scenes. The couple standing up in the boat should know better.
This painting, signed with a winged serpent, is in the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
An Architectural Caprice, 1777, oil on canvas, by Francesco Guardi, Italian, 1712-1793.
Guardi was a Venetian artist of expansive views and among the last practitioners of the classic Venetian school of painting. The above canvas is in the National Gallery in London, England.
Imaginary Landscape with the Palatine Hill from Campo Vaccino, 1734, oil on canvas by François Boucher, French, 1703-1770.
Boucher painted in the Rococo style and was praised for his reinvention of the pastoral form of idealized landscapes with shepherds and shepherdesses in silk dress. This painting is in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, USA.
A Farm in the Nievre, cropped, 1831, oil on canvas by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, French, 1796-1875.
Corot was a leading artist in the Barbizon school and anticipated the impressionist movement. Influential and prolific, he created over 3,000 works in his lifetime and is the target of forgeries and copies.
Carolina Wren by Kelly Stewart. This is an acrylic painting. It was part of a display at the local library and a gift to me. Scanned by athousandwinds.
The Church of Steenkerke, 1924, Emmanuel Vierin. Belgian (1869 - 1954)
(Note: Vierin was known for his landscapes, cityscapes and village scenes in the Luminist and Impressionist styles. — athousandwinds)
Warmond Castle in a Winter Landscape, oil on canvas by Jan Beerstraten Dutch painter of marine scenes and landscapes, 1622-1666. This painting is in the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, England.
Warmond Castle is now a manor house near Warmond in the province of South Holland. It is constructed on the site of fortifications dating from 1250 and includes traces of medieval architecture.
Castle of Muiden in Winter, 1658, oil on canvas by Jan Beerstraten, Dutch, 1622-1666. A marine and landscape painter, Beerstraten came from a family of artists.
Muiden Castle, which dates from the 14th century, is seven miles east of Amsterdam where the Vecht river nears the Zeider Zee. Dutch poet Pieter Cornelisz Hooft once owned it and hosted parties of poets and scholars.
The scene on the ice is all too familiar in Dutch paintings showing sledding, ice skating and fishing and what looks to be an early form of ice hockey or golf. The poor man at the base of the turret has either fallen or is repairing a skate.
The Spice Shop, 1637, oil on canvas by Paolo Antonio Barbieri, Italian, 1603-1649. This painting is in the Pinacoteca Comunale in Spoleto, Italy.
Barbieri was celebrated for animal painting and still life work. He painted from nature using bright colors, and often worked with his brother, Giovanni (Guercino) Francesco Barbieri, who was known for his Biblical themes.