Last weekend, wasn’t my proudest moment on this planet.  A large-scale drawing with a 60-hour time investment was obliterated in a matter of seconds.   Watching the slow motion event captured my full attention.  Who was behind the destruction?

I'm naughty and cute.
Someone feels guilty!

Tule.  The cutest 11-month golden retriever puppy ever.

I had placed the drawing on a bed in a spare bedroom one evening and closed the door.  The next morning, while entering the room didn’t realize a 70 pound “shadow” behind me.  Tule jumped on the bed and danced with his sharp nails all over the artwork.

Beyond repair.
Building character exercise.

Screamed and had a temper tantrum (TT).  All that time gone in a moment.  My hands were sore and cut up from working.  It was too painful of a thought to have to start all over again.  However, this is the life of being an artist.  In case you didn’t read the fine print: always add extra time for unforeseen circumstances.

This isn’t the first event to result in unintentional artwork destruction.  Imagine a framed artwork tied on top of a vehicle: my husband thought it would be a good idea (eye roll) to save money instead of hiring a service.  Unfortunately, the 5×7 foot painting flew off into the road and exploded into pieces.  Today, only professionals handle large-scaled artworks for safe delivery.

Jenny and Trout in West Oakland art studio.
Guess who?

Always had a studio mate and/or family member of the four-legged variety.  In my West Oakland studio, Trout (a.k.a. Trouble) scared off potential robbers, hunted up big rats, organized socks, and predicted earthquakes.  I had trained him in my studio to “no” zones and he listened.

Looking back, I can’t help smile cautiously.  This is part of the learning process.  Lesson learned: don’t leave art on a surface in which any creature can jump on.  In addition, laugh at one’s imperfections and breathe.  Instead of future TT’s, I’ll work on creating an environment of tranquil temperament.

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