Sunday, September 11, 2011

Bear and Badger & Kelley's Show

  Bear and Badger are rescues from Curly Tail Pug Rescue whose Human was their foster dad until he was unable to resist their charms and adopted them. They sometimes stop and visit on their walk  down to the beach and I feed them unhealthy dog biscuits and take pictures of them. 
The painting is a donation to "A Spirited Affair" a fundraiser for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute  which takes place at the Cyclorama in Boston on Friday, September 16th. 
Coincidently, I was at TJ Maxx after dropping off the painting and a sweet woman shopping the racks with me mentioned unselfconsciously that she is a cancer patient and was rating the clothes for their softness or lack thereof. When you have cancer she said, things like heavy seams or scratchy tags (that we all hate) are unbearable on sensitive skin. She remarked that she was determined to keep her sense of humor while enduring the side effects of chemo. Her honesty and courage were touching and again, I realized that any problems I have in my life pale in comparison. Gratitude.
I must post this great photo of Kelley and me last night at her Opening at 'Nest', a little boutique on High Street in Dedham Square. Here we are in front of her fabulous paintings. It was wonderful!


14 comments:

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Well, this must rank among my favorite paintings of yours - perfect subject, if I do say so myself! Handsome boys!
Thanks for the photo from the show, too... I think this is one of the best, and most accurate photo I"ve seen of you (except the one I have of you with the night mask on...)!

Karin Lynn said...

Oh how can you resist a puppy especially a pug (so homely that they are cute)....nice job.

Kristeena Crabb said...

This is a delightful post! You and Kelley look great!

Julie Hill said...

Mary, lovely post today..and thanks fro sharing the story...and especially the photo of you and Kelley...awesome that you could see her show in person.

Douglas Clark said...

What a great painting with loads of personality! Well done.

Studio at the Farm said...

My Gypsy Lady, your Puggles are adorable - such personality! And I thank you for your story this post; it makes me appreciate what I have.

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Mary, Gorgeous painting, and adorable photo of two adorable artists! I loved your sweet story about TJ Max, too, great post!

Paula Villanova said...

Mary, I love your painting...another sensitive beauty! What a touching story about the lady shopping for clothes and looking for comfortable features that most of us don't even think of. I'm sure you made yet another new friend. Nice pic of you and Kell!

AutumnLeaves said...

What gorgeous Pugs!! I love reading about the various antics of Pugs as I know two artists who have a matching pair or four at their homes. I love too that the lady with cancer opened up to you at TJMaxx. I suspect she may have needed someone to talk to right then and you were blessed to be the one.

Karen F. Rose said...

Mary thank you for sharing the picture of you and Kelley. Touched by your sharing the story of the lady in TJ Maxx.

Nancy Medina said...

Ah! My heart is going pitty pat. What a wonderful painting!!!

hmuxo said...

Such a touching post, Mary!! These two little dogs are precious and beautifully painted!!

Paz said...

I love your painting of Bear and Badger. They look so handsome. ;-) You asked if I got any new dogs. Not yet. Very touching story of the lady you met in the store. Lovely photo of you and Kelley.

Jerry Stocks said...

Love, love, love the pug painting. Kelly will tell you I am another pug lover with one called Atticus. And great story about the lady in T.J. Maxx. I am a fifteen year breast cancer survivor, and I still remember those days of treatment.

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