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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Painting on a Dark and Rainy Day

Bow and I are getting tired of being cooped up inside almost all the time. It has been dark and rainy almost every day for the past few days. This morning, I thought I would try to paint, but Bow asked if he could paint, too.

I was skeptical, because of his tendency to want to consume the acrylic paint, but I decided to try to give him another chance. He is maturing. He is less destructive. Maybe he could do better now.

I had to constantly remind Bow that the paint was not food. But he did do some painting between sampling each color to see how it tasted. He also mixed the colors and made new colors.

One of the things Bow did that seemed a little new was that he sometimes put the handle of the brush in his mouth and then painted with the other end.

 Some people who don't have hands do paint this way. I decided not to tell Bow it was wrong, because he does have a very sensitive mouth, and he seemed to be able to control the brush as well with his mouth as with his hands.

By the time Bow was done painting, he had mixed all the colors together and got a very rich brown.

The ultimate painting so produced looked like this.

Later it got even darker and it started to rain. Bow was very subdued. He hates the rain, but he did not seem to feel as much of a need to protest it.

After the rain let up, Bow took another nap. And now he is just lounging about. And that's just part of the morning.


  1. I don't think I could tolerate or even control a paintbrush in my mouth! It's interesting that he would even try that. Love the brown color he mixed! He looks very engaged in the activity of mixing it though.

  2. Hi, Kathy. Bow has much better control with his mouth than most of us. People used to ask me things like "Why does he eat with his mouth and not his hands?" At first I was embarrassed, because it seemed less human-like and hence less intelligent to pick things up with his mouth when he has perfectly good hands. But actually, Bow enjoys doing both. It's not that he doesn't use his hands; it's that he controls with his mouth equally as well. So he is more versatile and has more choices.

    He does enjoy mixing and applying paint! He enjoys the process more than the outcome. That's very zen, isn't it?

  3. Hahaha! Didn't think of that, but yes, yes, very "zen".