My Labradoodle Pet Portrait

Sometimes one good experience leads to another. This was the case when my first time participating as vendor at Artspring Festival art market in Davis, West Virginia lead to a challenging but rewarding commission of a pet portrait of Blanche the golden Labradoodle. Also rewarding was that the art commission came from what had to be one of the world’s nicest customers. There were trials and tribulations along the way while creating the detailed Labradoodle pet portrait, brought on by dealing with neuromuscular disease (which I detail in my blog Living with Myasthenia Gravis from a Patient’s Perspective). In the end the job was successfully completed and everyone was happy. Blanche, the model pup, looks happy about it too. Watch the video below and read on for my drawing techniques, physical trials during composition, how I became ambidextrous again.

Sometimes one good experience leads to another. This was the case when my first time participating as vendor at Artspring Festival art market in Davis, West Virginia lead to a challenging but rewarding commission of a pet portrait of Blanche the golden Labradoodle. Also rewarding was that the art commission came from what had to be one of the world’s nicest customers. There were trials and tribulations along the way while creating the detailed Labradoodle pet portrait, brought on by dealing with neuromuscular disease (which I detail in my blog Living with Myasthenia Gravis from a Patient’s Perspective). In the end the job was successfully completed and everyone was happy. Blanche, the model pup, looks happy about it too. Watch the video below and read on for my drawing techniques, physical trials during composition, how I became ambidextrous again.

Watch Blanche the Labradoodle’s pet portrait develop before your eyes. See the happy starlet at the end.

Discovered at Artspring 2019 Festival

I was overjoyed to be selected to participate in the art market at the Artspring 2019 Festival in Davis / Thomas, West Virginia. It was my first big art splash in the art filled area that my heart calls home in Tucker County. I participated in the art market at the Fire Hall in Davis with a table staked out at the entrance. I was excited to offer my handmade jewelry, original paintings, illustrations, and digital abstract art along with donating a handmade necklace whose bid money went to support Artspring and its efforts in the area. Many of my illustrations on display at my booth were crowd pleasing pet portrait illustrations of dogs and cats. My sales that weekend were restricted to jewelry, but, as I said, sometimes one good thing leads to another.

The next morning I was greeted by an e-mail from a festival goer who had seen my art at Artspring. He had been excited by my ever popular Black Lab dog pet portrait called “Ajax Watches the World Go By.” In his desire to be stealthy about a gift, he did not approach me directly regarding commissioning pet portrait work.

Popular from Melasdesign on Society6 - Ajax Watches the World Go By - Canvas Print - dog drawing - pet portrait
Ajax Watches the World Go By – Pet portrait Black Labrador Retriever illustration art print available on Society6.

He asked if I could draw a similar pet portrait to Ajax’s, drawing his beautiful golden Labradoodle Blanche (named for the Golden Girls character – Appropriate, no?) instead. He provided an excellent photograph of the pup in all her golden curly glory, sitting by a window watching the world go by just like dear Ajax, the Black Lab. This was a great way to start. My pet portrait illustrations are only ever as good as the original photograph presented to me. That’s all I have to go by in creating the beloved pet’s likeness. I draw what I see.

Blanche the Labradoodle; pet portrait model; golden Labradoodle;
A great quality photo makes for the best drawing experience for an artist creating a pet portrait.

Complications with the Labradoodle Portrait

I took the job on happily, but made it clear that it would very possibly take a while. I have a neuromuscular diseases called Myasthenia Gravis. It causes weakness and double vision. The other thing going on is the polar opposite with painful muscle spasms and spasticity. We settled on a date 5 months later at the latest, in time for the portrait to be a birthday gift. This timing turned out to be totally necessary through a hot summer of MG weakness and the stressful events of trying to determine the cause of the spasms. Spinal taps are no fun (among other tests, trials, and tribulations of life). Thankfully in the end it was not the suggested Stiff Person Syndrome at the root of the cause.

How I Became Ambidextrous (Again)

My method of drawing pet portraits is by using a grid to help aide me with scale and proportion. I used to keep quiet about that, but I’ve since seen many fine artists using the technique. If I tried the “judge by your thumb” technique, I’d often see two thumbs, so that’s a no go. My worst double vision from Myasthenia Gravis is in my peripheral to low vision, so at some point with all the curls and grid lines, I had trouble keeping golden Labradoodle Blanche’s paw area correct initially in the illustration. Watch the WIP montage, and you might notice the shift.

Another grid that gave me problems. My brain was telling me I was on 45, but my muscles said otherwise. Imagine this when drawing.

This golden Labradoodle pet portrait was the way I become ambidextrous again. I have been told I initially used both hands for drawing and creating before I settled on my left hand. This Summer I was losing control of my left hand, either through the pain of gripping a stylus the wide stylus that came stock with the Wacom Bamboo tablet (they’ve since created a narrower one), or through spastic jerks. I took to using my right hand to draw with my mouse to try to give my left a rest. There were a few days where I exclusively worked with my right. Through all of this I think of Chuck Close improvising his working method after paralysis and stay on the job.

Composition

With this golden Labradoodle portrait I fleshed in quite a bit of the room details at the same time I was getting Blanche’s outline down. I was concerned about scale and as well as coloration. I know that I have had a hard time conquering orange cats in pet portraits. Blanche had just enough orange undertones that I wanted to have other colors around her drawn already to keep my tones within range of each other.

Work in Progress; golden labradoodle; drawing
WIP 1 – It’s a start.

I love the fact that Blanche’s coat has both curls and silky, wavy fur. She was my first ever curly critter. My last pet portrait had been a Yorkie, so I had already practiced my chops with silky faces there. The room Blanche was sitting in was much easier to draw than the pupper herself. I did have to re-invent the scene through the right window. In the original photograph, a grill cover was the main object visible through the righthand window. I’m Blanche loves those steaks, but I asked if the customer had any shots of the view that were more aesthetically pleasing. He obliged and I did some Photoshop magic to meld the old and new pics for my drawing model.

After realizing my drawing technique mistake with the gridline and paw placement (mentioned above), I chose to switch to my iMac, using Photoshop and a Wacom Bamboo drawing tablet. Having the model picture nearer to me was helpful. In photoshop I could have the model photograph of Blanche and my drawing open simultaneously, side by side. This made my eyes move much less, which helped greatly me fight my muscles’ myasthenic tendencies.

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WIP 3 of my Labradoodle drawing. See video at start for all stages.

Did I happen to mention the great customer?

Susan Hicks

I have nothing but gratitude for my customer’s patience, because I had predicted 3 WIPS and then a final proof. I gave the first two WIPs in much quicker procession than I might ought to have in early Summer. The drawing then took much longer than I had anticipated. I’ve had jobs where I go over by a day, but this time the additional work was considerably more. My customer never complained a bit, and I enjoyed the challenge of all those golden Labradoodle curls when I could work. Summer is the worst time of year for any MG patient, and I was out of commission for most of it, literally. <wink>

I had just started hitting the pet portrait illustration end phase in early Fall when I got a polite email making sure I was still aiming for the given latest due day. Refreshing. It would indeed be a good birthday for Blanche the Labradoodle’s dad.

In the end I decided to make Blanche’s golden Labradoodle curls more stylized than I had initially planned. Honestly, I could still be working today to get absolute photorealism of her gorgeous coat. My husband pointed out that the photo already looked like a photo, and I might allow myself to loosen up a bit with my illustrated interpretation in this case. After experimenting with brushes, feathering, and layers, I hit upon a style I liked.

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Illustration detail. I finished the face last.
The Final Portrait

The hardest part of the illustration ended up being the face, and I always save that for the end on any pet portrait. Interestingly enough, her eye placement was quite tricky. I used the Photoshop smudge tool a lot for Blanche’s pet portrait. The black of the eye would shift slightly when I smudged the fur detail close to that area, and there was so much detail to define around the eyes. This combined with the celtic knot nature of layers of silky, wavy curls was indeed an artistic challenge. The smudging helped me retain depth and texture to the fur on Blanche’s face, extending the shadows along with the golden streaks, a bit as if they were being finger painted. That tool is also a great way to inadvertently make your furry subject gain weight. I kept a pretty good handle on that with Blanche. No doggie diet needed here.

So I made deadline and helped the customer find a good place to get a print made. We went with CanvasPop, by the way. I had good luck with them in the past. The happy commission ended on the happy note of the gift being very well received. See the full portrait in the video at the top of this post. The nicest surprise of all was this wonderful photo:

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Best Fan Photo Ever 🙂

Ain’t she a doll baby? What do you think? Please write your comments and questions in the comment section below. I’d love your input.

Be sure to see more of my work in my pet portrait collections in the Melasdesign shops on Society6 and RedBubble. Each site offers slightly different merchandise with my dog and cat portraits printed to order. Until this health nonsense gets straightened out, I won’t be offering any work by commission. I do hope to still participate in the next Artspring Festival. Stay tuned. Fingers crossed for the future.

Political Art vs Pet Portrait

Retrospective of 2018 from Melasdesign and a portrait battle for most desirable subject between Donald Trump and a teacup Yorkie.

My Trump Fantasy – Political Satire in Art

Which do you prefer? Political satire Dadaist illustration in art concerning President Donald Trump (“My Trump Fantasy”), or the cuddly cuteness of Chewie the Yorkshire Terrier’s pet portrait by Susan Hicks? Read on as I explore this exercise in visual extremes through two portraits. Portrait art is something I’ve only ventured to get serious about in the last three years. Working digitally has allowed me freedom from neuromuscular difficulties. I’ve grown to love illustration.

Despite all the medical adventures (and misadventures) I suffered in 2018, despite all the people drama on the internet and closer, despite technology hating me with every circuit involved, and despite so many having an awful year, one thing overshadowed the 365 days; something of odd color (to even non-artistic types) and little solid content.

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Dadaist protest art regarding the not yet convicted crimes of President Donald Trump. Trump satirical illustration sold on posters, fashion, mugs, stickers, and more from Melasdesign on Society6

I donned my political satire artist cap and created the portrait below entitled “My Trump Fantasy.” It’s Dadaist illustration up for sale on Society6. This political art is about our current President Donald Trump specifically, and is not accusatory of those who voted for him (unless they actually do find themselves embodying any of the not-so-charming characteristics scribbled in below). Voting is a right and a duty, and I congratulate anyone who takes the time. Just as voting is such, speaking out with art (even Donald Trump art) is also a right and a duty for those inclined. The rest should be fairly self-explanatory. At the very least, I do not feel he embodies my own philosophy

As far as the cartoon goes, I’d had the idea since I created my well received design “Alternative Facts”  (Society6 / RedBubble – see below), but at that time (a year ago) it would have been too soon to begin its creation. The “Alternative Facts” design shows redacted text with “Make Америка Great Again,” showing “America” in Cyrillic. 

This artwork is available in my RedBubble collection “Taking a Stand” on many fine merchandise items from posters to fashion. You may also purchase it in my shop on Society6. It’s a bit of Dadaist illustration that packs a punch without being a portrait.

Alternative Facts – Political Satire Art by Melalsdesign on Society6

I suspected what is now coming to the forefront in the news with the Mueller report even before the election, but needed to wait for the predictable to actually happen and be reported. Now we read, and wait. This has been a crashing rollercoaster of an administration.

When the time came to draw the presidential satirical portrait “My Trump Fantasy it was a nauseating experience. Even so, I felt it my duty to create this Dadaist illustration political satire art of Trump. The guy just isn’t very pretty! Yes, it really was necessary to use quite a bit of orange to get his face and hair looking anywhere near correct. That part had me giggling. It was a sort of giggle, gag, giggle, wretch experience. Suffering for portrait art by Melasdesign. 😉

Now a Cutie – Meet Chewie in his Pet Portrait

But enough ugliness! Onto a much more pleasing subject, by my way of thinking. My other final project of the year was a photorealistic drawing of Chewie, an adorable teacup Yorkshire Terrier. Using a photo on screen for visual reference, I declared the drawing done after about 22 hours drawing time. Wasn’t it a great model pic?

Chewie the Yorkie - Yorkshire Terrier Pet Portrait by Melasdesign as sold on Society6
Finished after 22 hours.

When my eyes work with me, and my hand control is normal, these are examples of my portrait art abilities.

The drawings in this post are achieved thanks to availability of an Android platform tablet computer with pressure sensitive stylus combined with the inexpensive and the wonderful drawing app ArtFlow, which gives me the ability to step backwards and “ignore” any wild mistakes in muscle control of from distorted vision. That said, isn’t it photo-realistic Yorkshire Terrier portrait? The Trump portrait is a bit soft focus. His pores are huge. I spared you that.

You can easily get your own print or pillow (or, or, or) featuring this Yorkshire Terrier portrait. It’s called “Chewie the Adorable Yorkie” on RedBubble or “Chewie the Yorkie” on Society6.

Find out more about my off-site print-to-order shops, for small batch art prints, fashion, decor, and wearable tech from Melasdesign.

Darkness and Light

Join me on this exploratory trip down memory lane, with its potholes and traffic jams, by way of a self-portrait art from 1991. This quickly executed scrawl on graphed notebook paper encompassed so much of my life experience in one sentence: It’s taken me 21.5 years of seeing this face to even get this far. “This face.” It’s almost like it was one of multiple faces, or maybe not even my own image. Read on for my interpretation of the drawing, 28 years later, and how my perception and individual experiences influenced my personal philosophy.

Join me on this exploratory trip down memory lane, with its potholes and traffic jams, by way of a self-portrait art from 1991. This quickly executed scrawl on graphed notebook paper encompassed so much of my life experience in one sentence: It’s taken me 21.5 years of seeing this face to even get this far. “This face.” It’s almost like it was one of multiple faces, or maybe not even my own image. Read on for my interpretation of the drawing, 28 years later, and how my perception and individual experiences influenced my personal philosophy.

Self portrait, Susan Hicks, 1991

An Impromtu Self Portrait

This self portrait drawing was the result of sheer procrastination. I was studying abroad in Germany and was a bit fed up with studying Hegel. Not just Hegel’s philosophy, but Hegel in German. Daunting. I drew this from my reflection late at night in my huge dorm window, with my head between the drawn curtain and glass. I call this a win, in hindsight, considering I hated even seeing myself in the mirror. Maybe looking out into darkness helped me see.

When everyone has this idea of what you’re “supposed to be,” how can you see yourself clearly? It can rob you of your individuality. The notion that “this is how it is, and you are not to do, or be otherwise” provides a sickening, dim, artificial light of a million tones and impossible angles if your individual truth is not already in line. I loved the view of the dark night from that window, on the many nights I was robbed of sleep from anxiety and stress.

Art and Perception

This thing of seeing yourself. An artist’s perception is key to their art – both external and internal. The more you can see flows into what you let others see through your art. I had seen art history classics in books and magazines, and had visited my share of top art museums in the US, London, and Munich. In my hometown the local art scene favored colonial gardens. I was more satisfied with abstract masters, art films and videos, and art connected to music; album covers, concert posters, fan art. I admittedly hadn’t seen much outside of family trips other than school, church, and limited campus forays by the age of 21. I did see myself every day to tidy up, but only briefly.

Self representation failed me. I knew I absolutely did not fit the trappings of a “proper Baptist woman,” but that was the eternal pressure – the eternal hellish pressure. How can you see your actual self when you are constantly discouraged or even banned from being it? The proper Baptist woman face is one with a never failing smile, or at least pleasant expression. This is demanded. In many cases, that face was a lie, on my part and on the part of many others. In hindsight, others seemed to trust their perception of this.

Yes. I’m Different.

I am….. different. Now I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have distinct values which I vehemently uphold for myself, without demanding them of others. I have no patience for bullshit in the guise of externally proving how good and righteous you are, or keeping up with the spiritual Joneses. Spiritual peer pressure is inexcusable to me. I’m apparently so different that every push and prod, jamming me into the expected societal mold was akin to hacking “me” into bits.

Creativity other than for “sacred” ends was seemingly the most irritating thing I could possibly do. It was once vehemently stated “Why should you get to be an artist? I wanted to be a musician and didn’t get to!” How dare I? Nonetheless, I have an undefined faith. As much drama and illness as I’ve been through and face daily, I don’t give up. There’s a reason for getting through, but I’m not sure it’s teachable, law driven, or precisely written in a book. Maybe I got that from staring into the dark.

Noel

Art was my religion. Art and music. Color. Sound. Expression. Individuality. That brought me peace. Integral to my being. Born to be. Peace. Noel. Love. That’s what religion claims to promote and provide, but in my almost featureless congregation I often felt surrounded by exclusion, prejudice, and staggering narrow-mindedness. Somebody once said something about “well meaning, but highly misdirected people.” So many things that were said to be in the name of LOVE were so damaging. Sheep. Flock. Not known to be very concerned with the notion of the individual.

Born to Be

Born to. I wasn’t really supposed to be born anyway, as a 2 month early premie. If I bucked the odds that way, maybe it was more MEANT to be that I’m here than the other way around. This is my argument to myself. It so often seems the opposite. Was it that early birth that put me behind the 8-ball healthwise? Did it stack the deck for friction and unaccepting attitudes in my family?

Or was it like a trained professional once counseled me? – Keeping a child from being what they are is profoundly damaging. Whatever the thing about being a musician was, yeah. Profoundly damaging.

Damage. Not seeing yourself clearly. Self-perception. The individual. Darkness. Hegel.

I Like This Now and So Does Somebody Else – A Dream

Melasdesign meditation art as featured on RedBubble.

Melasdesign art “I Like This Now,” featured on RedBubble.

A personal favorite work of mine got featured on RedBubble. Read all about it. Meditation as inspiration makes pretty things. You can buy it too.

A Windy Day in Tucker County

Welcome to my little expose on my latest abstract landscape painting in acrylics called “Windy Day in Tucker County.” I’ll discuss my ideas and inspiration for the mountain setting windpower theme, materials used, color choices and a new direction in my work that is a return to what I’ve always loved to do. I’ll also touch on creating art as a disabled person.

Welcome to my little expose on my latest mountain art landscape painting. The abstract impressionist windmill art is called “Windy Day in Tucker County” and is currently for sale in the Melasdesign Handmade Shop. I’ll discuss my ideas and inspiration for the mountain setting wind power theme, materials used, color choices and a new direction in my work that is a return to what I’ve always loved to do. I’ll also touch on creating art as a disabled person. Greetings from Thomas, WV.

Windpower in the Mountains

This landscape windmill art is an imaginary view of the mountain tops in Tucker County, West Virginia. Love it or hate it, the windmills on the mountains are an impressive view along a beautiful Appalachian landscape. I have always loved them, since my first glimpse of an earlier windmill model in the Thomas Dolby video on the then great MTV for the song “Windpower” in 1982. Have a listen to that piece of synth pop gold below.

I’m fascinated by energy created through nature’s motion, from hydroelectricity to wind power. It is non-invasive and works with Mother Nature’s natural talents. The technology involved is also impressive. I’ve had the opportunity to stand within about 30 feet of the base of a wind turbine, and it’s simply mesmerizing. In the way Paul Klee painted an abstract landscape painting called “Revolution of the Viaducts” I have pondered creating my own “Revolution of the Windmills” mountain art based on my surroundings in Thomas, West Virginia. There was quite a bit of forethought in creating my own windmill painting.

Pros and Cons of Windpower

As for “clean energy” vs. coal, I prefer clean energy, but it also would have been very proper not to have green energy politicians throw out a policy that fueled the statement “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” According to the linked article, the policy idea being addressed in that comment was going to deal with bringing new economy / jobs into coal areas.

Love them or hate them, windmills are ever present along the peaks around Thomas, West Virginia.

With that prideful gloat, Ms. Clinton stated in part that existing coal economy would be replaced with jobs in the new economy. I have the impression that part of the proposal was never actually acted upon. Not to single Ms. Clinton out, this political posturing happens on both sides, and is so rarely backed up for the benefit of the “little guy.” This is a HUGE problem in US politics, clear across the board.

Coal is / was indeed a way of life, and a way of life that people survived from. Thomas, West Virginia was built on coal. Remnants of coke ovens are still easily seen. Modern mining is requiring less and less workers due to new technology. That is making even the open mines need fewer workers. Windpower, which is wonderfully clean and generates so much energy, needs even less manpower than the diminishing manpower needed for mining. It’s all a huge conundrum in my mind, and like so many things, I wish I could wave a magic wand and make all of this work for everyone.

Painting While Disabled

I love to paint. I do not do it nearly as much as I’d like to for 3 reasons. First of, I battle two neuro-muscular disorders, currently bizarrely opposite in effect; One (Myasthenia Gravis) leaves me unable to move through weakness and the other leaves me so stiff and spasm ridden that I can’t move in a relaxed, non-jerky manner. Yayy.

On the days when I can paint at all, I love to paint. I truly had a blast painting this colorful, whimsical mountain art. Painting is not cheap, so if my muscles are misbehaving, it’s also not worth trying to paint much, because of the cost of potentially wasted materials. This is a reason digital media, from Photoshop to drawing apps, have been so great to use. Thirdly, stockpiling stretched canvas takes a lot of space. I did not have any outlets to show, store, or even sell my original paintings. Now I am proud to offer Windy Day in Tucker County in my own Handmade Shop. Thankfully that is becoming a possibility. Listen to the video end for a bit of news on that subject.

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My first “untaping” video. 🙂 The big reveal is an exciting thing for an artist, so I thought it would be a great way to “premiere” my latest work “Windy Day in Tucker County.” Hear my thoughts on and inspiration of the painting and get a bit of news about where I’ll be offering my art for sale in person this Memorial Day weekend Saturday. How do you like it?⁣ ⁣ PS – Artwork will be posted for sale in the Melasdesign Handmade Shop. Stay tuned. ?bit.ly/HandmadeShop⁣ ⁣ #melasdesign #handmadeshop #untaping #video #art #painting #landscape #windpower #windmills #wip #reveal #contemporaryart #artspringwv #mountains #tuckercounty #thomaswv #wva #artist # #artwork #instaart #artoftheday #creative #fineart #modernart #color #instaartist #acrylic

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I am not a trained painter and have only learned about paint and mediums through experimentation and reading about mediums online. I was really happy to have some good conversations with the kind folks at Plaza Art Fairfax about what to use to get the visual effects I wanted in a way I could manage with my style and capabilities. On my last visit, the big pro-tip was my introduction to Posca Markers. Due to my neuro-muscular disease(s), I struggle with fine control of fine brushes and was always aggravated at attempting to make good lines the way I can when I draw.

I had gone into the shop that day aiming for acrylic inks (which I had just read about), but I found they were for true traditional “pen and ink” techniques. Happily, I was directed to the Posca paint pens. For my own purposes, these are sooooooo much nicer than sharpies or craft store level paint markers. My only unknown at this point is whether they have the tendency to dry out like a lot of paint pens. The pro tip for that: Store them lying flat (and I read that the tips can be soaked over night in water too). I’m keeping my fingers crossed. They really add to this landscape painting.

Blue Skies and Prismatic Clouds

Color: I wanted this painting to be a semi-realistic mountain windmill scene, but not boringly so. It has a bit of fantasy to it, so I had fun with the colors. I didn’t have any concrete idea of anything when I started, other than peaks and turbines. I love the playful aspect of art and how paintings develop. I had started with a fairly normal blue sky with clouds, but my mind went to a beautiful day in Thomas, West Virginia where the small white clouds were low against the bright blue sky and the wind was fraying their edges and even making some grow larger before my eyes with prismatic effects within. A wonderful delight to see. From that angle, there is a lot of personal inspiration in this landscape painting of the Tucker County landscape – from the high horizon into the sky above for fanciful mountain windmill art.

T-shirts and more with this landscape painting / windmill art can be found off-site in Melasdesign shops on RedBubble and Society6.

Melasdesign Handmade Shop - Original 8x10 painting for sale by artist - Windy Day in Tucker County
Windy Day in Tucker County – Signed 8×10 mountain windmill painting in acrylics.

Lastly, I have decided to get away from always painting on stretched canvas. This is for several reasons. The “on paper” format will be more mail-friendly, show and shop friendly, and should give potential customers more freedom in their framing and presentation choices. I’m also working on creating more “small” art like this landscape painting for the same reasons.

Windy Day in Tucker County painting at Bright Morning Inn in Davis, West Virginia.
Bright Morning in chose the perfect place for my painting Windy Day in Tucker County – The coffee station.

This windmill art landscape is being really well received in Tucker County, WV. Visit the always pleasant Bright Morning Inn of Davis (about a whole whopping mile away from Thomas, West Virginia) and see a print up close.