Innocent victims

Today a friend forwarded an email to me from a woman who is trying to find a home for her 2 gorgeous labs, one chocolate, one yellow. She is losing her home in the housing crisis, and her family is being forced into an apartment situation. They didn't find one that allows dogs.
So she is desperately asking for someone to take these two, and to keep them together as they are inseparable.
This afternoon my partner Jeff took Sydney to the dog park for a romp. There was an abandoned dog left there in the small dog area, a collar but no tags. Older animal and under-nourished, wouldn't let anyone close to it. Jeff called the SPCA rather than allow it to stay out another frigid night....He would have brought the poor guy home if he had been approachable.
The timing of my morning email with this abandoned one leaves me speculating that the owner of that dog could be another foreclosure victim. Obviously the 'abandoner' knew the dog would be noticed by dog lovers. How many animals will lose not only their homes in this crisis, but also their families?

Sweet Adelaide came to me as a 6- month old pup found on the streets of Oakley by friends Pam & Spencer just 3 years ago. Last week she was struck by a car and killed.
This gorgeous girl made us laugh with her serious clownishness. She helped me feel safe at home and wherever we went together.
Sydney the brown (see studio dogs in an earlier post) and I are sticking pretty close together these days. I couldn't tell if Sydney missed her until we saw a black lab at the park today, from a distance. Now I know.

Polly Hart's Dog Drawings


Drawings 2.11.09


Eric Granberg often comes to our studio openings to play guitar during our shows. Also known as 'Rico' and occasionally 'Moo" (it's a long story), Eric plays a beautifully crafted guitar he made himself.

Thanks Rico, for your hours of playing music for us and our studio guests...

Studio Visit

I love this picture of Inge Dunn and Carolyn Toth taken in front of one of my watery paintings. These 2 have a friendship that began as children and even though they live thousands of miles apart they stay connected and manage to visit one another when they can.

Inge and Carolyn were visiting Cincinnati in December and we hope they return soon!
(photo by Emory Smith)

Getting Ready

Waterways 19" x 25" Pastel on paper (this one IS finished)

This coming weekend is one of four out of the year when our building and our studio are open to the public. (February 6th & 7th, 6-11 pm both nights).

It's always good for us to have these deadlines, a way to wrap up whatever we're working on, have some new pieces framed, clean and organize. Yesterday I sent out my mass email letting friends and people who follow my work know that they can drop in to say hello, have a glass of wine, meet other art followers.

For the last 3 shows, I've been trying hard to finish 3 larger oil paintings that are inches away from being complete. They are favorites of mine, and several people have asked when they'd be done. I have worked on all 3 of them since the last show, yet here I am again and they are not quite resolved to my liking. Maybe I'm just not ready to let them go.