Ollivander the dog 30 paintings in 30 days

Ollivander Rutledge Dellinger Day 26 of 30 Paintings

This is Ollivander Rutledge Dellinger. I don’t know how this dog has lived so long without his own blog, Facebook page, or Twitter account. With a name like that he is destined for fame, fortune, and an entire product line on Zazzle, don’t you think? Plus? He’s so stinkin’ cute. This guy belongs to the lovely writer over at Pocketful of Joules. She’s a fun blogger. If you don’t believe me, just look at her header! Hilarious! She rescued Ollivander and he now has a forever home…and probably fame and fortune in his future.

Ollivander the dog 30 paintings in 30 days
Ollivander 11×15 on watercolor paper $100


Well, I have four more days of painting left. I’m glad it’s almost over because I am tired. I am looking forward to reading a book and eating breakfast. I am also looking forward to having more time to play with Tiny-Small again. She was painting with me today and the following “thing” happened.

Tiny-Small Painting

Tiny-Small: No, you can’t buy my watercolor. This painting not for sale. I have prints. Do you want to buy a print?

Me: Are you playing artist?

Tiny-Small: I am going to be a painter when I get big and a ballerina. I am going to say “Hiyah!”

Me: You mean you want to take Karate?

Tiny-Small: Yes! You want to play sistah with me?

Me: Ok.

Tiny-Small: Sistah, you can’t paint on MY picture. Only on you own picture. You paint you dog. I will paint a rainbow.

Me: Ok. I won’t paint on your picture, only on my own.

Tiny-Small: You can use my paints.

Me: Thank you.

Tiny-Small: Sistah, do you like to paint dat grass?

Me: Yes I do.

Tiny-Small: Look at my painting. It’s pretty!

Me: Yes, it is very pretty!

Tiny-Small: Now you be the sistah and I will be the mom.

Me: OK.

Tiny-Small: Sistah, you need a snack now? You hungry? Time to eat now. Put dat paint away. I have to do my work. I have to go to ABC.com now. You need to practice you alphabet.

Me: <Sings ABC song>

Tiny-Small: I goin’ to talk to my friend Muggah-Muggah. She’s my friend on da Internet. We gots to make our project now. Where does she live?

Me: I am not sure. Does she live in Idaho?

Tiny-Small: Muggah-Muggah lives in Idaho. She might live on pinterest.

This is how we painted today. This is how we play house while I get my work done. This is when I get to hear the way I sound to her. She is me and I am the daughter. It’s a surreal experience and sometimes when I hear my words coming out her mouth I cringe a little. Like when she says, “I have to get my work done now. You leave me be a minute.”

Being a mom starting a business is a lot of work and sometimes I worry about balancing everything well. I don’t want Tiny-Small to make the sacrifices. I am sure many women worry about these same things. This month I have been working more than usual. I’ve been putting in full-time job hours. I know this is what it is going to take to get where I want to get, but part of me still worries. Am I making a good choice? Is it worth it? Can I do it?

Have you had similar questions and concerns while navigating between work and family? Got any tips or words of wisdom?



8 thoughts on “Ollivander Rutledge Dellinger Day 26 of 30 Paintings”

  1. All I want to say is that if you are having that level of in-depth conversation with Tiny Small when you are so busy this month, you are doing fine Sistah. It doesn’t have to be quite so harried as when you’re doing a 30 day challenge. Slow and steady. Don’t over guilt yourself, you’ve got a creative little one there!

  2. I love the interaction. You’re teaching your daughter that there is life far outside of New Mexico and that we are all connected. I think that’s fantastic. She won’t fear the unknown because it will seem normal to her. From what I’ve seen all/most parents need time to themselves to work or whatnot. It’s also a good thing. Teaches her that adults can’t play all day.

    1. Wait, adults can’t play all day? I might be doing this whole life thing all wrong! 🙂

      Thank you for the supportive words. I keep worrying Tiny-Small is going to grow up and dislike me. I don’t know many people my age who like their moms. That’s sad, isn’t it? Meanwhile I am a total “mommas girl” with my mom.

      1. I feel like I have the perfect relationship with my mom. I don’t hate her at all and even though she drives me crazy, I know every decision she and my father made was out of love/what they thought would be best for me. I respect her opinion above most, because she’s one of my toughest critcs.

        And adults CAN totally play all day…but kids can’t know that! Right? Maybe until they develop a healthy respect for work? Hehehe.

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