Sunday, February 27, 2011

"The Art of Being a Pet" by Rachel DiAndrea: The results are in!

"The Art of Being a Pet" by Rachel DiAndrea: The results are in!: " Have you ever dreamed about anything so vividly you can see it ? I have..."

The results are in!

Have you ever dreamed about anything so vividly you can see it ?  I have been blessed to have participated in the National Canine Art Competition over the last 6 years.  This Year , I can honestly say I jumped in the air, barked outloud,  finally earning the priviledge to place in the Pastel category!!!!!  I scrolled over the list of winners, one after the other, looking for the word ALTOONA,PA! There is was, last category in the column, but there it was "Frenchie" artist Rachel DiAndrea  2nd place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I could hardly believe it!  I think a little tear popped in my vision, but just to my surprise, Altoona was mentioned again!  4th Place for "PoodlePuppies"by artist Rachel DiAndrea as well.  OK , its terriffic to win once, but twice?   This show means alot to any canine artist from around the world....and tonight I am going to celebrate, a double dog pastel.    


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

BlingBlings new coat of many colors!

My little Chinese Crested's name is BlingBling,  a five year old Powderpuff companion who I absolutely love dearly...he is my Heart dog as  they say!!!   Now Bling has been by my side for over 5 years now,  as my best friend.  He has been ringing a bell at the front door day and night, to go outside and well...peepee.  Bless his little heart!  You'd think that after this many years , his ability to hold it may have imbedded in his mind.  I have noticed a few accidents, but figured it was my fault for not hearing the bell or not staying on schedule.....nope.......WE have resorted to the most obvious of solutions...doggie diapers.    Bling is sporting a weiner wrap made from the finest cotton adhered to a stayfree maxi/ mini pad. I have been forced to stoop into humiliation of my dog since he feels an unending desire to claim all personal property at 311 Ridge Ave. I bought this accessory at Westminster, in hopes that I would never have to use it on him...but no...It became apparent he is sprinkling my home with the fountain of urine, not the fountain of youth! After standing immobile for over twenty minutes last night, not a muscle moving or flinching,  BlingBling about fell over in exhaustion,  I think he likes it!

Monday, February 21, 2011

"The Art of Being a Pet" by Rachel DiAndrea: An Artist View Of Westminster 2011 ......con't

"The Art of Being a Pet" by Rachel DiAndrea: An Artist View Of Westminster 2011 ......con't: "The emotions radiating the room from both human and canine are overwhelming. This opening day offered more than I could have imag..."

An Artist View Of Westminster 2011 ......con't

The emotions radiating the room from both human and canine are overwhelming.  This opening day offered more than I could have imagined.  So many were bustling about, checking in, unloading crates, food,  equipment, luggage.  NYC encourages hustle and bustle,  but many were stolling slower past the Hotel Pennsylvannia to glare at the Dog entourages caravaning to the hotel.
The dogs definatley were just loving the energy in the lobby, how could you not?
My artistic inspiration to capture this event reflected for a moment,  digesting all the elements. Sparkle, and color, and barking and smiles,and fashion......Yes, I am referring to the Dog show world!
I was born with a love for Leopard print anything, as well as "blingy" sparkle. These are" My favorite Things" from the Sound of Music seemed appropriate to start singing! Is the visual coming to you now?

to be continued...........

Friday, February 18, 2011

An artist's view of Westminster 2011

An artists view of Westminster!
This was a great opportunity to finally visit the biggest and best dog show in the Country!  I was invited to share a weekend at Westminster , in NYC with some of the finest poodle ladies ever.  My  friend, groomer, and breeder of the Whisperwind Poodles was celebrating her 20th year anniversary  to  the day in Madison Square Garden, a day when her dog Peter WON Westminster.  I have always wondered what it would be like to see first hand how the show unfolds. Linda Blackie had devoted her live to this amazing breed: the Standard Poodle.  The breed of beauty,brains and braun.  The breed most likely to own stock in good hairspray and the breed I have come to own and love.  The energy at the Pennsylvannia Hotel is at peak with kennel caravans rolling in, one after the other...Every dog owner there is visually thinking about the show ring and the competition, nerveously processing their butterfly jitters.  Its clear that dog fanciers from aroung the world have gathered for the love of our four legged friends...Its a passion like no other.  The lobby was a collection of spectators, breeders, handlers, vendors, and of course canines of every breed, and multiples of them.  These are the best of the best as only Champions are allowed to show at  Westminster.  My senses were on overload, making this an adventure for any Dog lover, and  we have only been in NYC for an hour!!!!  Lots more to share!!