Friday, July 12, 2013

Cali

Cali is a 2  year old rescue dog that was found as a stray in the streets of California and shipped to New York because they claimed that they had too many small dogs.  We named her Cali for short!  She's a Chihuahua/Italian greyhound mix and she's a sweetheart.  She had some issues the first two weeks that she was with us but now she's a good little girl!!  Adopting from a shelter was the best thing I did because there are so many animals that need homes and lots of love!!!   She came to us already trained which was definitely a plus!  My heart melted when I first saw my little girl in the shelter ...I knew then that she found her "Forever" home.

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  1. I loved reading your story Hilda and I LOVE the painting. What a sweet lucky little dog. I can tell how much you love her already.

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    1. Thank you BARBARA...she is so sweet and I'm so glad I adopted her. She stays with me wherever I go! Glad you like the painting..













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  2. Hilda, she is beautiful and she is one lucky little girl. I also want to adopt, but Mike has allergies, so it will have to be a breed that won't affect him, such as poodles, or shitzu, there a few. But I desperately want a little dog. Enjoy your new addition. Your painting of her is outstanding.

    Have a great weekend.
    Joan

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    1. thank you JOAN for stopping by! I feel so lucky to have found her. I went to Kent Animal Shelter in Riverhead. They have lots of dogs and you can request a dog that doesn't shed...but do your homework because you don't want Mike to have any reactions! Cali looks bigger than she really is...She's about 15 lbs. Enjoy the rest of the weekend...

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  3. Cali is beautiful, Hilda. I love her and this painting. So sweet!

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    1. thank you SO much DARLA. She is so sweet and she always follows me around..I think sometimes that she's afraid I'm going to leave her. glad you like her...!!

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  4. Oh boy - this is a heart stopper! Look at those eyes. I bet she rules the roost. I know I would be spoiling her. If only everyone would be able to do what you did and get a rescue pet there would be less numbers of dogs and cats being put to sleep.

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    1. thank you JULIE for such a nice comment.!
      I think it was the way she looked at me at the shelter with those yellow/brown eyes that made me take her! She looked so sad! but now she's a happy camper!!
      and yes, if more people adopted, there would be fewer animals being put down.

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  5. C'est une belle histoire, Hilda, et un merveilleux portrait!
    Vous êtes une grande et généreuse artiste.

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    1. thank you so much OLIVIER ! you always give me such nice comments...I appreciate it!!! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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  6. I can see a lot of gratitude and love in those eyes.. This is magnificent..

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    1. thank you so much PRABAL! She's a sweetheart and I know she feels the love!
      I'm so glad you like it.! Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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  7. Cuanto me alegro por los dos Hilda, que seáis durante muchos años felices.
    Preciso trabajo, la expresión de sus ojos me encanta.
    Un abrazo Hilda

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    1. Muchisimas gracias, OLGA! Me alegro que te gusta esta pintura! Los ojos me llamabas! Lo agradezco tu visita!!
      un abrazo!!

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  8. She is a beauty too, Hilda. I'm glad she is with you!

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    1. thank you so much SHERRY for your visit!!
      I'm so glad I found her as well! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!!!

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  9. Wat een lieverdje mooi gedaan hoor lieve groetjes Danielle

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    1. thank you so much DANIELLE! She is definitely a sweetie and so glad I took her home!! Glad you like her.

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  10. CONGRATULATIONS on your new addition!! She is so lovely, what a beautiful painting, just so wonderful! and what an inspiring post and such a loving thing to do! best of luck with this little beauty named Cali!!!

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    1. thank you so much SUZANNE! She has made me very happy and I regret not doing it sooner! I had a Doxie for about 12 years and I've been without a pet for awhile so it was time! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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  11. You have captured such depth and feeling in her eyes...I can see you both are communicating well! Beautiful work both on the canvas and in life...cheers!

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    1. thank you TRUDY for stopping by and commenting on Cali! I appreciate your visit! Enjoy the rest of the Evening..

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  12. So pleased you've found each other Hilda. She looks a lovely little girl!

    Beautiful work -

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    1. thank you so much SUE! She is "very" sweet and I'm so glad you like her! Enjoy the rest of the Evening!!

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  13. Estupendo trabajo, Hilda. Cali puede considerarse afortunada. Saludos.

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    1. Muchisimas gracias ANTONIO por tu visita y tu comentario muy amable!!! Estoy muy contenta que ha gustado esta pintura!
      un abrazo.

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  14. Your pastels know how to seize the unique expression of every creature ... Cali is portrayed here, as if I knew her forever. Your love for the creatures and your passion for art always lead to a result of great emotional impact! Works of art that speak to the heart of all !

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    1. thank you RITA for your lovely comment.
      You're so kind. It's so wonderful taking care of someone who needs you and depends on you like Cali did..and so much fun painting her. Enjoy the day.

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  15. Una buona domenica a te...ciao

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    1. thank you so much GIANCARLO for stopping by and for your lovely comment!!!

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  16. Thats so great..and now you have one more model to paint!Looking forward to more of her portraits:)

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    1. thank you ARTI! I don't do animal portraits very often so its a nice change and I would like to do another one of her someday. enjoy this lovely day!!!

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    1. thank you so much JUDY! Her nose is a bit shorter than I have it, but its not very easy changing what you do with velour paper...Glad you like my little Cali. Enjoy the rest of the day.!

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  18. Second trip back to take a look at your girl. Just love her sleek lines and color.

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  19. thank you SO much NELVIA!! She is very sleek..
    she doesn't shed very much either, which is very nice. Glad you like her!

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  20. Oh, what a thoughtful unconditional act, she is so adorable, looks very majestic .

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    1. thank you so much PADMAJA for stopping by and for commenting on Cali! She definitely is a keeper..glad you like her.

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  21. Oh she is SO beautiful Hilda!! You did a great job capturing her sweet expression. :) And Chihuahua's and Italian Greyhound's are two of my favorite breeds! What a great combo.

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    1. thank you CRYSTAL!! She's adorable..she runs so fast with those long legs but she has the chihuahua eyes and bunny ears.. okay..she's not beautiful but she's cute and lovable in my eyes!!! LOL Enjoy the rest of the Evening!!

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  22. Long time since I didn't see your blog or any other. I began yesterday, and today saw the dog, your oil on west Virginia and Audrey Hepburn. this last portrait looks me fantastic how you have simplified the face structure retaining her likeness.
    Your oil painting has deep and brightness.

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    1. thank you so much JULIAN for your visit..
      and for your very generous comment!! I appreciate it.. and glad you like the paintings!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening.!

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  23. The love and passion reflects in the work. Fabulous.

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    1. Thank you so much AK ! I appreciate your very kind comment. She was such a pleasure to paint and I'm glad you liked her.!

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  24. Hoi h.Muxo,
    Wat een mooie hond heeft u gemaakt.
    hij staat er zeer statig op.
    groetjes Marja

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    1. thank you MARJA for stopping by and commenting...you're so nice! I appreciate it.

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  25. Such a sweet dog! You captured so much in your painting. Love it!

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    1. thank you LINDA! When we like our subjects it makes it so much easier. I'm so happy you like Cali! Glad you stopped by!

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  26. Beautiful job on this! You made her coat look so smooth and silky. She looks like a great pet!

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  27. thank you so much JOAN! Yes, her coat is very silky and she's really such a sweet dog..she follows me wherever I go! I've had many dogs in my day, but I really like her..maybe because I don't know what she's been through in her short life...The vet told me she had a litter so I can imagine that the owners threw her out after she had her pups.

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  28. What a precious painting and story. I feel as if I could touch her soft coat - that's how real your beautiful painting is. You are wonderful to give her a home - my doggie is a rescue, too - and I'm always so happy to know that another sweet animal has been saved.

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    1. I'm so happy you took in a rescue dog, CONNIE! It's a wonderful feeling, isn't it? thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment.! Enjoy your day!

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  29. She is adorable! Thank goodness you came along and rescued her! The painting is gorgeous too - You are a master with pastels!! :0)

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    1. thank you so much SANDRA for your visit and your wonderful comment on Cali!! She's a sweetie and I enjoyed painting her so much..Enjoy this beautiful day!!!!

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  30. Cali really does look like a sweetie, Hilda. You have done a superb job of painting her!!! And I LOVE her story - you are the GREATEST for adopting her!!!!!

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    1. thank you KATHRYN for such a nice comment!
      I did enjoy painting her...I don't do too many animal paintings. And I do feel happy to have her laying down next to me all the time!!!

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  31. Oh, good on Hilda, I so much love this story and this drawing is very beautiful!! I can feel how much Cali and you love adn trust each other. With your love and paintings, please make our world happy!
    Best wishes, Sadami

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    1. thank you SADAMI! I appreciate your very nice comment....I enjoyed painting her so much...and glad you liked it!!!

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  32. Hermoso retrato, el pelo tan brillante dan ganas de acariciarlo. Entiendo tu historia con Cali nosotros tambien adoptamos una perra del refugio y siempre senti su amor incondicional.

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    1. Es verdad, TINA estos perritos siempre los dan un amor incondicional. Estoy muy contenta que tambien adoptaste una perra del refugio....Lo agradezco tu visita y estoy contenta que ha gustado esta pintura. Un abrazo!

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  33. Cali is a doll! You are the best for adopting her!
    Great portrait!
    So very well done and so very cool!
    I am so happy you are an art blogger Hilda! So thrilled to "know" you and your wonderful art!
    Art on!
    Ruff! Ruff! Ruff?
    Michael aka "Wannabe portrait painter!"

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    1. You always brighten my day with your comment, MICHAEL!! I'm glad you liked this portrait of the newest member of my family! thank you so much for your visit!

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  34. Too many small dogs in California???

    She looks like a sweetheart and has obviously enriched your lives.

    Your portrait is stunning and shows your love for her.

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  35. I was looking for a small dog so I was so happy to get this one ...amazing that California had too many small dogs, right? She really is a sweetheart and so happy that I found her .. Enjoy the rest of the Evening!!

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  36. Querida Hilda, felicidades por la adpcion de esta perrita tan simpatica. Y felicidades a ella por su nuevo hogar. El retrato es fantastico y puedo ver hasta el brillo de su pelo. Un fuerte abrazo

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  37. Muchisimas gracias EVA por un comentario muy amable..lo agradezco.! Ella tiene un brillo precioso en su pelo!...es muy bonita y estoy muy contenta con ella!! Un abrazo !!!

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  38. Yay for shelter animals. They are always a joy! Good capture in pastels!

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    1. thank you MARIE for stopping by...I hope you are well!! Yes, animal shelters are wonderful and I found a very good one that takes care of their dogs and cats...
      Glad you like it!!

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  39. Beautiful painting, Hilda. Doing this on velour paper was a good choice; her coat looks so soft. So glad Cali found her home with you.

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    1. thank you so much PAT for stopping by and commenting on Cali. I enjoyed painting her on Velour paper...however, her snout is not as long as it looks but it was almost impossible to fix it..Once you put pastels on the paper, you can't erase it! I'm so glad she's with me as well!
      Glad you like it!!

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  40. She is absolutely adorable with an air of elegance about her! What a beautiful dog and beautiful painting.

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    1. thank you SO much SUSAN for such a nice comment! Enjoy this wonderful day!

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    1. Thank you SO much DIANA for stopping by to comment on Cali!! You're so kind...
      Enjoy the rest of the day!!!

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  42. Dear Hilda:) Such a beautiful tribute to such a lovely dog who has stolen your heart. I always wonder if they realize how lucky they have with a new home. They deserve it! Great art my friend:)xx Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much RENATE! I think they sense how lucky they are...She gets constant hugs from our entire family. LOL
      thank you again for stopping by...hugs!

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  43. A beautiful sensitively done doggie portrait, Hilda! So lucky to find love!

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    1. thank you so much DEAN for your wonderful comment. I'm glad you like this painting!
      enjoy the rest of the evening!!

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  44. Great painting. He looks so kind! I love the scarf on the dog too. Great job!

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    1. thank you HEATHER!!! I appreciate you stopping by and for your wonderful comment. This picture was taken on the 4th of July so Cali was showing off her outfit...LOL.. enjoy the rest of the day!

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  45. Beautiful painting, she looks like a sweetheart, dogs are a woman's best friend!!!

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    1. I'm so glad you stopped by to comment DIANA and so happy you like her. They are definitely a woman's best friend...very loyal and they always give you their unconditional love.!! Enjoy this beautiful day!

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  46. Thank you so much SADEU...its so nice to hear from you again!!! I'm so glad you like my sweet dog!! Enjoy the rest of the Evening...

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  47. What a sweetie!! I love those colors, your enthusiasm for Cali shows, well done.

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  48. I'm so happy you like this portrait of Cali, Diane..I truly value your comment! She's a sweet little dog and I'm so happy that I adopted her!!!

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  49. Wow!I think you should do more animals. She looks so content.

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  50. thank you so much ANGELA! You're very kind.. painting on velour paper gives it a nice effect. Glad you like it.!!

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  51. Love this precious expression and the red white and blue scarf is perfect! Nice work!

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  52. Hello Hilda!:) You have been so consistant with your vists to my blog, thankyou.:) I have been perusing through your wonderful paintings, and this one melted my heart, It's a beautiful doggie portrait., and she is a darling. Shelter dogs are the best!

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