Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
I'm back and apologies for being away with other life events. Now, back to work. I have laid down bright orange as a base color to give this piece a warmth and zing as other colors are laid on it. As this piece unfolds, I'd like to call upon you all for suggestions for a funny and descriptive title. I hope you get inspired as you see the story appear. On another note, one of the hens has nine chicks, which are adorable. I'm hoping to photograph them soon as they come and go from under the hen's breast and fluffed out, arching, protective wings. They are especially cute as they hop up on her back for a better view of the stall they are currently in. As we have plentiful hawks here, the mom and chicks will stay in their stall for a bit longer until the chicks are big enough to graduate to the chicken pen (and not be able to squeeze through the chain link) with the other members of the flock. Then, the elders will teach the chicks about running for cover when the barnyard alarm is sounded by the rooster during their free range time. If you go to my website, you'll see the painting called "Barnyard Secret Service", where two roosters are scanning for hawks and have ear pieces to communicate quickly with each other. Thanks for watching and we'll have fun with this painting. By the way, wiith the recession and the dismal economy, my contribution to making everyone feel better is to produce work that will make people laugh. A good chuckle is good for everything that ails you!
Monday, February 2, 2009
Hello, everyone. Sorry for being so quiet. With heavy heart, I have to report that Chloe, the Corgi model for Let's Ride Diver Dogs, died Saturday night at home with the other dogs and me at her side. She started getting ill about ten days ago with fluid in her lungs and we couldn't stop it. I'm now trying to work myself through the grief with producing this last painting for delivery to the Sporting Art Show tomorrow. This one is called: "I Don't Need No Stinkin' Jockey...with apologies to Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles". I know...I have an off beat sense of humor. I didn't take the time to document this one from the beginning because of caring for Chloe, but it has an under painting of reddish pink acrylic to complement the other colors. This one started out as an 18" x 24" on gesso board, and then I realized that the focus on the subject was competing with the extra space. So, with the help of a friend who can really weild a power saw, the board was brought down to about 16" x 18", and is more pleasing in composition now.
Even in the time of sorrow, one must always try to find something to laugh about. When I took Chloe to be cremated, I told the vet that, when I go, I will have a really big urn because all the dogs will be in there with me!
It's late, I'm exhausted and I'm going to bed...thank you for your support and fun comments.