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October is National Animal Safety & Protection Month – I recently captured a loose dog in my neighborhood

As a pet owner, or an animal lover, there are lots of ways to observe National Animal Safety & Protection Month. But probably the easiest thing to do is to make sure your four-legged family member has ID so s/he can be returned to you! Pet owners can make sure their four-legged family members are micro-chipped so that if they get lost they can be easily reconnected with their family. But the best form of identification is a simple collar, or harness, with a tag that has your pet’s name, and your contact information on it. So if your pet runs off…your neighbor can call you:-)

Last week as I was sitting at my desk I saw a pit bull run into my yard with no collar. Not having a leash or collar myself, I called my friend’s daughter across the street and asked for her help in capturing the dog. We soon captured and harnessed the sweet little gray and white Pit Bull and then we needed to figure out how to find the owner.

I live in a suburb of Atlanta and we have lots of deer and this year’s fawns are just beginning to lose their spots. Not knowing the personality of the stray dog I wanted to protect them from the dog, and I wanted to make sure the dog didn’t get hit by a car. I also wanted to get the dog back to its owner. So I posted my find on NextDoor Neighbor and tied the dog in my front yard, in the shade of my Dogwood tree (hey that’s kinda funny:-), with plenty of fresh water within her reach.

Did you know that you shouldn’t offer treats to pets without asking their owners? My friend’s daughter actually worked at a local dog boarding facility over the summer and she said that dogs, just like people, can have food allergies. So I did not give the sweet pit bull any food… or treats…just fresh water.

Dallas The Pit Bull
Dallas The Pit Bull

The lost pit bull did have a bit of separation anxiety, so I worked on cleaning my garage out so that I could be near her while we waited for her owner to find her. Taking breaks every few minutes to check on her and pet her to let her know she was okay. Lucky for both of us, it only took about an hour for the owner to drive by and see his dog tied to my tree, in her borrowed harness.

This was a happy ending, I got to have a cute sweet pit bull to pet for a few hours, the dog was safe, the fawns were safe and the owner got his daughter’s dog back safely. It’s also a great time to check your pet’s collar and tag to make sure it is the correct size and in good condition. If your pet is prone to escaping its collar you might want to invest in a harness.

So this month please participate in National Animal Safety & Protection month and check your dog’s collar and if s/he is micro-chipped make it is still scans at the vet office.

For more dog (and animal) holidays and observances be sure to CLICK HERE get one of my new Crafty Dog Lover’s Calendars for 2021.

Barbara Rush is an Atlanta based GeoCubist Animal Artist and Animal Lover. Her art graces the walls of her animal loving collectors, and corporate collections, from Miami to Canada, Atlanta to California, and in many countries around the world. For more information about the artist and her art please visit

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2020-2021 Calendar of Dogs is almost ready for you!

Hey Animal Art Lovers! Sorry I’ve been busy for the last month or two! But I’ve been working hard for you! I have a 36 page calendar that I am adding the final touches to so that I can send out the announcement! It’s all about those four legged little rock stars we call dogs. It’s big it’s bold and it’s so much fun  you won’t be able to sit still. It’s glamorous and can you believe…shhhh…there are even coloring pages in it:-)

Stay tuned in for the preview.

Love to you all…B

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Mother’s Day is this SUNDAY! Stop by and See Jelly Bean in Person!

It doesn’t matter if you are a two-legged or four-legged child you LOVE your MOM! Show MOM how much you care with an artful gift featuring her FAVORITE FOUR-LEGGED CHILD!

I can still ship prints and Original paintings for your Mom through Wednesday May 6, order by 3 pm. Or, if you are in Roswell, GA or nearby… you can shop in my front yard:-) Just email me for my address, I have lots of prints and original paintings in stock and you can maintain 6′ distance while shopping in the open air. Bring your hand sanitizer, or use mine, to help keep the Covid19 kooties away:-)

Send me an email at subject: I Wanna Shop in Your Front Yard:-) and I will send you my address so you can come on by. You can also bring MOM to my yard on Sunday just please wear your mask, maintain social distance and wash your hands:-)

Jelly Bean is my latest painting and features a brightly colored dachshund of Infamous stature. If you have a four-legged family member you know they are all ROCK STARS! Whenever I’m at an art show everyone is looking to get an introduction to your dogs and cats:-) They all want to know if they can pet your dog, or cat and the name of your four-legged. This Mother’s Day celebrate your little rock star that make s you a four-legged mom:-)

With lots of Love to the four-leggeds and their moms,


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Barbara Rush Art in the NEWS! As seen on 11 ALIVE Morning Rush!

Barbara Rush Art in the NEWS! As seen on 11 ALIVE Morning Rush!

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If you live near Roswell GA and want to walk by just email me at and I’ll send you my address. I’ll be continuing my Artscape display on sunny afternoons.

#shareart #shelterinplacewithart #atlantaartscene #atlantaArt #artescape


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You’ve Heard of Landscaping for your yard… but have you heard of Artscaping?

As one art festival after the other shut down it made local artist and past Historic Roswell (GA) gallery owner, Barbara Rush a little sad to think about how many art enthusiasts and artists were affected.

From her art studio window, where she painted while “sheltering-in-place”, she watched neighbors and local people walking past her house on their way to Big Creek Park. Obviously everyone was going stir crazy from sheltering-in-place and everyone needed a little outdoor time.

That’s when it occurred to her that she could give people another excuse to get outside, yet still observe the social distancing mandates…she could hang some of her art out in her front yard for the enjoyment of her neighbors, friends, and passersby to enjoy.

Art festivals are important community events. They provide people with an opportunity to do something that uplifts, inspires, stimulates conversations, while being outside. There’s nothing like the combination of a beautiful day, fresh air, and ART!

One thing lead to another and before long she created a small display with art spaced a significant distance from each other so that people could use social distancing while looking at her art. She was right, it was just what the community needed…a splash of color and a little more joy in their day. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, with many thank yous, and slower traffic as people cruise by in their cars to look. She also answers visitors questions about her work, through her face mask, while maintaining a 6 ft distance.

Barbara Rush is a local Roswell, GA artist, and past Historic Roswell Gallery Owner (2007-2018). She created her GeoCubist style in 2004-2006 after a visit to a Cubist exhibit at the High Museum (Atlanta GA), and has been painting and selling art since 2007. A master of color and movement, Ms. Rush, uses her artistic genius to create unique paintings of animals that will enliven the walls of your home or office…like a breath of fresh air.

For more information about her work please visit If you live in the Atlanta Area and would like to view hew Artscaping please request information at

Enjoy the video here:


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It’s Official – I’m the Official Artist for the Mayfaire 2020!

Swan Lake Painting
Infused with Grace by Barbara Rush the official icon for Mayfaire 2020.

This beautiful painting is a tribute to the four varieties of swans living in Lakeland: mute white swans, black swans, black neck swans, and coscoroba swans. When you visit, you will see the swans in beautiful black, white and grey, I used the three colors of the swans and added the beautiful teal, lavender, purple and grey blues, setting it on a lovely lake-like background.

Lake Morton, is home to over 70 swans that are the descendants of a pair of swans from Queen Elizabeth II’s world-famous collection in England. Over the course of the weekend, as I sat with my art at the show on Lake Morton, several of my customers told me the story of the swans in the lake.

Click  here to read the story.

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Great 10′ x10′ Tent for Artists with Free Shipping!

I found a really nice reasonably priced, sturdy tent on Amazon with FREE shipping! I really wanted a Light Dome but gosh $1500 for a tent is pretty steep. So in the mean time, I bought this one and am very happy with it! The side walls are much better than the EZup although a little short if you raise the tent up to 7′. It’s waterproof and comes with a fantastic roller bag, sand bags, AND an AWNING! The awning is fantastic and this weekend I’m going to use the awning arms to hang my banner sign above my tent! You can click on the link above for more info about the tent. I read many other tent product descriptions before purchasing this one.