|'One More Time' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
|Heidi's usual spot. I have to be careful when backing up.|
- They are good company. During a long day in the studio with no one to talk, a pet keeps you company and if you feel like talking, they'll listen.
- They are great critics. They may not be able to advise you on how to improve your painting but if you are having a bad day they have an uncanny way of making you feel better.
- They keep you active. Several times a day my dog brings me a ball. For me it is a break that I wouldn't normally take but going outside to throw the ball a few times is good for me and good for my work. I come back to the painting with a fresh eye thanks to the dog!
- They can lift your mood and relieve stress. I try not to get stressed but sometimes deadlines loom and projects take on a life of their own. It's hard to resist a goofy dog smile and wagging tail. Instant mood change!
- They can be good at guarding. I say 'can' because Heidi usually barks when there is a visitor at the door except for the other day when I left the door open and the neighbor's dog came in. I found them both playing upstairs. They walked right past me as I was washing out brushes! I had a good laugh though.