"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

Hello Friends!

Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Some of you might have noticed the red dog on the right side of my blog and wondered, what in the world? Well, he is one of my mixed-media life-sized paper art sculptures. This dog's name is Picasso Can't Have A Dog. The text in the spiral is where he got his name. I wrote around the spiral like the 'Beats' did in a stream of consciousness style. The text says "Picasso can't have a dog, no Siddhartha he. Manipulator, manipulated, whatever..." Hence the name.

Some of you might have heard that recently, a painting by Picasso sold for a million billion dollars. Picasso was a prodigy/genius, but could be cruel (and kind too, I know). His vanity knew no bounds. Don't get me wrong, I love Picasso, but I don't think he deserved a dog. When I was almost finished with this piece, a book came out about him and his beloved dachshund. Who knew?

This piece has a goldfish, feather, clock, a sundial, an eye, a vulva...and so much more. And, its tail wiggles. This was no small fete for me. I am interested in automatons, but after some research, I couldn't get past the basic physics (pulleys and levers). You have to be an engineer to figure it out and I am too old, er, young to start a new career. I will have to take a pic of his rear end. There is a cameo painted in blue and white, of an elderly Picasso, seated and looking in a mirror...
A million billion anyone?


  1. Very impressive, not to mention extremely cute and creative.
    Sunny :)

  2. I've always been in awe of this stunning creation of yours.
    You are a talented artist my friend !

  3. soooo funny!
    ohhhh! when i open your blog and see all those homemade makes me wish to live on a farm too! love your headboard!
    great photos!
    happy day!

  4. Jeg tar sjangsen på å skrive på norsk
    Hei, så morro at du fant fram til min blogg.
    Jeg bruker Ramsløkpesto på en uker brødskive sammem med tomat.
    Jeg har den på pasta. Jeg bruker den på foccasiabrød osv.
    Det er deilig.
    Kos deg

  5. Kate, glad you stopped by. I got the tomato and foccasia and pasta. Your homemade pesto must taste wonderful on those.

  6. I loooooove Your dog art!!!(if only a basset or horse) Have enjoyed your blog. Long time writer, fairly new blogger. I ride and stay outside as much as possible. No hobbies other than animals. What talent! if only.................
    Terri Baker
    (well, i have been told I'm not bad behind a camera) :-)


  7. I heard that about Picasso's work selling for stupid huge bucks. I always thought he was a bit whacked.......or maybe tortured kinda like Van Gogh but still his works move lots of folks. Me, makes me want to know what was going on inside his head.

    I think your dog art is very creative.


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