Ode to Chocolate

Ode to Chocolate – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

I’ve just completed Ode to Chocolate. This painting is a sweet valentine to our childhood family dog, a standard poodle named Chocolate. My twin sister and I grew up with him; he was such a sweetie, he soaked up all the loving attention we gave him.

He was the second standard poodle our family had, the first, Impy had been stolen a few years earlier. My dad had trained him to hunt and always said Impy was the best hunting dog he had ever had. Standard poodles are fun, intelligent and make great hunting dogs. Unfortunately for Chocolate, while still a puppy, the boys next door threw a firecracker over the backyard wall which when he went to fetch, it exploded in his face. After that point he was a bit emotionally wounded as he understandably became more timid and very frightened of any loud sounds. Sadly for my dad, he was never able to train him to hunt.

Dad used to say he became a mamma’s boy. Mom did a good job of caring for him, she had a book on various poodle hair cut styles, I remember her shaving him with an electric shaver. As we got older we would help give him baths. In those days dogs ran free, Chocolate would go in and out whenever he liked, ringing the bells on the door to let us know. We spent a lot of time outside in the yard playing with him. Most nights he would be in next to one of our beds sleeping. I have such happy memories of Chocolate and all the love he gave us.

Fawn and Stars

Fawn and Starrs - acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval
Fawn and Stars – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

Fawn and Stars is one of my earlier paintings.  I’ve always liked primitive feel and abstract look of it. The colors remind me of this time of year as the nights get longer.  I’ve used the image as a winter holiday card in my Circles Round the Sun Etsy shop.

It’s been a very busy season, my daughter who is in her senior year of high school, is applying to collages and recently had a German exchange student stay with her for two weeks.  It was such a pleasure having her here with our family but very hectic with all their activities going on.  My husband has been working nonstop for a big deadline coming up in a few days and I’ve been planning a neighborhood artist open house for December.  In a few days we will be traveling to my sister’s home for Thanksgiving.  I’m so looking forward to being with family and also relaxing for a bit.  Happy Thanksgiving to those in the States!