What's Happenin'

A Sidelines blog

For Artist Louise Mellon Dogs Rock!

February 28, 2014 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Wellington, FL – February 25, 2014 – Known for her equestrian art often seen on the covers of equine publications, Louise Mellon also has a fun  gallery of canine works. Brightly colored and whimsical, a Mellon painting is full of energy, happiness and humor  and captures the joyful quirks of that unique dog.

Louise Mellon has dog friends of her own, occasionally featured in her pieces.

 

“I am constantly inspired by my dogs’ view of the world,” Melon said. “As dog lovers do, I treat them with love and a great sense of stewardship.

The Shortest Route to Dinner by Louise Mellon

From pedigreed to mixed breeds, Mellon’s works reflect the humorous, fun-loving, mischievous and sensitive nature of dogs.

 

Mellon explained that Corgis are especially known for being eager to get to their dinners.”One evening, I went down the two steps from the kitchen and put Perry’s dish on the floor with her hot on my heels,” Mellon explained. “She dove into her supper with front feet on the floor and hind feet still up on the step. Eating back end uphill didn’t seem to bother her in the least!” Perry’s dinnertime shenanigans inspired Mellon’s piece, The Shortest Route To Dinner.

 

“Dogs quickly learn how to stretch the boundaries to see what they can get away with,” Mellon said. “This is where some of the funniest portrait opportunities play out. Just ask any Jack Russell Terrier owner!”

 

Mellon is entertained by the tricks dogs play on their friends to get what they want.

 

“My Cricket always wants the chew bone that Ruffie has because she thinks it must be better than the one she has,” Mellon said. “She will whine and stare at Ruffie like a hungry lunch patron standing behind an occupied seat to pressure the diner to finish up and leave. Ruffie is immune to this ploy, so Cricket will go get a favorite toy, squeak it enticingly, and when Ruffie comes after the toy, Cricket zooms in for the bone. Tactical strategy at its best!”

Mellon gives a painting lesson to Cricket and Ruffie / Photo courtesy of Louise Mellon

Mellon appreciates how dogs have an innate sensitivity toward observation, taking in subtleties to which humans are oblivious. Their motivation is to bond with us.

 

“They get to know our quirks, expressions and routines better than we might give them credit for,” Mellon said. “Dogs have helped most of us through some very difficult times, even saving our lives in many ways. They certainly have done that for me”.

 

Mellon’s colorful, canine centered portraits portray the connection dogs share with their people, while bringing years of joyful memories of their pets’ unique personalities.

 

To commission a work with Louise Mellon and learn more about the artist, visit Louise Mellon’s website at: http://louisemellon.com/

Friend and collector Bruce Duchossois will host a private, invitation only showing of Mellon’s work at International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, FL, on March 19.

Louise Mellon in her studio with Ruffles and Cricket. Photo by Booth Malone

New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown THE LITTER OF THE LAW

October 16, 2013 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

A Bantam Books Hardcover to be published on October 22, 2013

 

“As feline collaborators go, you couldn’t ask for better than Sneaky Pie Brown.”

—The New York Times Book Review

 

“A master of the cozy cat genre.”

—Publishers Weekly

 

“[An] essential purchase for all mystery collections.”

—Booklist

978-0-345-53048-6 

 

The national bestsellerdom of Rita Mae Brown and her intrepid feline partner-in-crime Sneaky Pie has proven to be one of the most successful writing partnerships in the mystery genre today. This fall, the dynamic writing duo are back with THE LITTER OF THE LAW (Bantam Hardcover; October 22, 2013), the next mystery in their New York Times bestselling series featuring ex-postmistress Mary “Harry” Haristeen and her tiger cat detective Mrs. Murphy. With nearly five million copies in print, this adored series continues to grow in acclaim and popularity.

 

In THE LITTER OF THE LAW, Autumn has descended and crops are being harvested all over Crozet, Virginia, ideal conditions for a scenic drive for Harry and husband Fair. Bucolic views are all well and good, but Harry’s nose for trouble leads her straight to a cornfield’s macabre scarecrow—an all too real murder victim that frightens all but the noisy crows.

 

This accountant’s gruesome death is only the first of many disturbing events in this normally pastoral corner of the world. While Harry tends her beloved grapes and sunflowers, a killer edges closer—as does Harry’s protective menagerie of animals.

 

Halloween’s approach brings with it bona fide terror and a beloved local tradition that threatens to become fatal. Rooting out the guilty in the treacherous center of a lucrative conspiracy requires Harry’s farmer’s wisdom—along with the quick wits and extraordinary senses of Sneaky Pie, Pewter, and Tucker. A vicious murderer may know the lay of the land far better than Harry does, but that’s about to change. It’s up to her vigilant four-footed companions to make sure that the unearthing of this plot is not Harry’s last act.

 

Rita Mae has said in her memoir Animal Magnetism that “While people give me the ideas for my stories, animals give me the energy. I draw sustenance from them, perspective, wisdom, and such loyalty.” Nowhere is this truer than her Mrs. Murphy Mystery series, and the publication of THE LITTER OF LAW is the perfect opportunity to showcase her amazing talent and her love of all animals, and how she continues to connect with readers of all ages. Some of the topics Rita Mae can discuss in an interview include:

 

In THE LITTER OF THE LAW, Rita Mae and Sneaky Pie Brown once again deliver claw-biting suspense and down home charm with this Halloween-themed novel that both animal lovers and mystery fans alike will enjoy.

 

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series; the Sister Jane series; the first two books in her new canine mystery series: A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; In Her Day; and Six of One, as well as several other novels. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia.

 

Sneaky Pie Brown, a tiger cat born somewhere in Albemarle County, Virginia, was discovered by Rita Mae Brown at her local SPCA. They have collaborated on twenty previous Mrs. Murphy mysteries: Wish You Were Here; Rest in Pieces; Murder at Monticello; Pay Dirt; Murder, She Meowed; Murder on the Prowl; Cat on the Scent; Pawing Through the Past; Claws and Effect; Catch as Cat Can; The Tail of the Tip-Off; Whisker of Evil; Cat’s Eyewitness; Sour Puss; Puss ’n Cahoots; The Purrfect Murder; Santa Clawed; Cat of the Century; Hiss of Death; and The Big Cat Nap; in addition to Sneaky Pie for President and Sneaky Pie’s Cookbook for Mystery Lovers.

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THE LITTER OF THE LAW

By Rita Mae Brown

A Bantam Books Hardcover

Publication Date: October 22, 2013

Price: $26.00 / ISBN: 978-0-345-53048-6 / Pages: 256