Okay, okay, okay, I know I have been extremely negligent in posting to Dianeville. But just because I didn't post for these last several months, don't assume that Small Dog has been idile. He has grown a lot of fur and a nose! I sculpted the nose around a baby hook button. Then I painted and varnished it so that it would look wet. Small Dog also has a mouth (which of course moves). His little black eyes are getting covered up with fur just like he wants. He enjoys browsing the pages of the AKC breed identification book to show me the look he hopes I can create. He seems to have a fondness for the Dandie Dinmont and the Norfolk Terrier.
Personally, I feel the fur treatment is taking far too long. I am anxious to get drawing. And yet, Small Dog keeps reassuring me that my diligence and patience will pay off in the long run. Somewhere in my past I read this quote, "Do not tarry, do not rush." I don't know who said it, but I often live my creative life with this philosophy. I feel that if an artist rushes, then details get missed and the glorious contemplation from studying an image gets lost as well. So I slow down and work steadily. My relationship with Small Dog deepens.