Sometimes things don't work out as planned and other times they end up better than you ever imagined. Today I'm feeling a little of both. This little Fursday project turned out to be quite the nice surprise, better than I ever dreamt.
It's kinda fun to look back and think of how I got started with it. Really it goes back many years ago. I was newly married and my husband Thad came with a dog. I mean they were a package deal, you could say. I was never really a dog person before. I liked dogs but I didn't grow up around them and I'd never had one of my own. It took awhile but I slowly fell in love with his dog, Mattie.
The first summer we were married I was finishing up my Master's degree. In my painting class I did a portrait of Mattie based on a photo I'd taken. Fast forward about 10 years and Mattie died of cancer at the age of 13. We were heartbroken and all of sudden that painting became very important to us. We had this reminder of her, a reminder that was a little bit different than a photo.
Then last summer, I was talking to our neighbor and discovered she fostered dogs for Rescue One. I noticed Rescue One on Facebook and liked their page. I don't know if you follow any rescues on Facebook but pretty soon you are wrapped up in the story of every dog. It's beautiful and terrible all at the same time. Some day's I'd like to "unlike" them but I just can't do it. Anyway, one particular dog got to me. Her name was Tsui. I couldn't get her out of my mind. I painted and repainted this dog that I'd never even met just because I couldn't stop thinking about her.
Last year about this time, I was planning to do a painting a day for a whole year. I needed some ideas for things to paint. Thad suggested a dog a day. That seemed like a whole lotta dogs and so I tweaked it to be a dog each week. Thus the Fursday project was born.
It's been a wonderful project. I've learned so much about painting and dogs and rescue. I'm so pleased with how it turned out. However, if I had just one wish that would make it even better, it would be to raise just a little more money for both Rescue One and Haven of the Ozarks.
I think a lot of us really love dogs and we'd love to help. But maybe a painting of a dog that's not our own isn't quite our thing. Or maybe it's just that a painting is a bit out of our price range. So I wanted to make something really affordable, something that speaks to all of us dog lovers.
I designed these patches based on my paintings of Hobbes and Buddy Fisher. And this is where sometimes things don't go as planned. They aren't here yet. :(
I hope you'll check back with me on the first Fursday in January. I hope you'll help me finish this project up right. You'll be able to get a cool little embroidered patch that celebrates your favorite breed for only $6 and all the proceeds will go to Rescue One and Haven of the Ozarks.