A few of you noticed the prints hanging around the corner from the feathersphere yesterday and inquired as to their origin.
Well, you don't have to ask me twice to show you the work of my favorite artist.
All of the prints you see on that wall are by Marjie Bassler.
She humanizes animals in their actions sort of like I humanize my animals with words,
only she does a much better job of it and makes her living that way.
I discovered Marjie's work at an art festival back in 1998 or so, and it was love at first sight.
This print, titled "Bouncers," is probably my favorite. Clearly she understands exactly what happens
when we humans leave the room and our pets are left to their own devices.
If I took my equines to the beach, you just know Hank would grab the best lounge chair
while Alan and George froliced in the water and Lucy sailed a boat so she wouldn't get her feet wet.
I've never let Smooch ride Hank, but if I did, I'm sure she'd wave at y'all while I took a picture.
Would you look at the expressions on those rabbits?
The only reason I don't have more of Marjie's prints is that I've run out of wall space.
Recognize anyone in this painting? Marjie also does commissions, and back in 2002, I sent her photographs of all of my animals at the time, along with a short description of their personalities. This is the result, and it's the first thing I'll grab if the house catches on fire. From left to right, we see Hank, teaching youngster Lyle how to be a good horse. Then there's my yellow lab Annie, who never met a tennis ball she didn't like. Waylon and Willie are standing on the back of the couch, mirroring each other's actions, except Willie has a Corona in his hand because he loved to lick the lime juice off the side of a beer bottle. Dusty is in her favorite state of repose on the couch, with her friends Rosebud and Princess Daffodil by her side. Wynonna is enjoying a bath and another meal, while Snapper is flying about the house stealing my stuff. I love this painting so much it hurts. And now that I'm thinking about it, it might be time to send Marjie another batch of pictures. The current cast of characters needs to be immortalized as only Marjie can do.