August 19, 2007

Miniature Van Gogh Scene

Since my upcoming young adult mystery, "Searching for a Starry Night," (coming in spring '08 from Quake, features a nosy Dachshund and a missing miniature Van Gogh painting, "Starry Night," I plan to focus on unique dog and miniature projects here.

A Mini Van Gogh

Let me introduce you to the work of talented Dutch miniaturist, Trees Strijker Marsman, who created this fantastic miniature scene of painter Vincent Van Gogh in his studio.

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Trees even painted her own versions of Van Gogh's artworks! She began painting in miniature seven years ago for her own dollhouse. Trees, who paints in acrylic, has done large paintings of horses and other animals, along with smaller sized paintings of children, dogs, and more. She also does custom paintings from photos. Check out her great miniature Dachshund painting!

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In miniature, Trees painted Renoir's "A Woman in the Rose Garden," and replicated paintings by a famous local artist. People also have asked her to do paintings of their own pets.

Trees decided to make a miniature Van Gogh scene after realizing that a doll she had would resemble the painter with a few minor changes.

The paintings include: Sunflowers 5.5 x 4 cm; self-portrait 6.3 x 5.3 cm; and Café at Arles at Night, 9.5 x 7.3 cm.

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August 11, 2007

Hi from Lydia

Hi! I'm Lydia Filzen. I write my dog-related fiction under that name, and my historical fiction as Lydia Hawke.I have six Collies, show them in breed, obedience and agility. We've started herding now that we've found a trainer here in Northeast Florida. This isn't exactly sheep country, you know.I've worked with dogs all my life, and especially love Collies. Lassie and the Albert Payson Terhune stories got me hooked, but the dogs themselves reeled me in!

I've written a couple of doggy short stories, Getting It! and Angus the Vampire Slayer, plus a romantic suspense set in the world of agility trials, Silent Witness.

My Civil War novel, Firetrail, has been made into a movie, which will premiere August 25 at Augusta, Georgia. Check my website, for more about me, my dogs, and my writings.

August 06, 2007


Welcome to a new blog with a decidedly canine view!

Why? This blog is the perfect vehicle since dogs seem to show up in most of my work, be it fiction, nonfiction, books, or my miniature projects.

My young adult mystery, Searching for a Starry Night, to be published in Spring '08 by Quake,, a division of Echelon Press, LLC, features a lovable, but mischievous Dachshund named Petey.

I and my fellow authors, Lee Barwood ( and Lydia Filzen ( , will be posting some fun tidbits, dog news, book-related items, and more.

We'll also be featuring guest bloggers who include dogs in their work. A special bonus: we'll be running new and reprinted short stories featuring canine characters, so please check back often!

We hope you'll enjoy our view of dogdom. We look forward to your visit and would love to hear from you!

Chris V.