I drive by the front of this farm everyday. One day, I decided to turn off my normal route and check it out from the back. I was not disappointed with my decision.
I paint wolves all the time. It makes sense. I’m a dog person. I live with a dog. In the past, I lived with four dogs. Not just dogs, Siberian huskies! I might as well have been living with wolves. Painting wolves makes so much sense. So why do I love cows? I never lived on a farm. I did grow up in the country, but not really in the country. It was certainly not you’d call rural. We lived less than two hours outside of New York City. It was more “country” than country. And yet, I really do love cows! And I love to paint them! Today, after taking a fairly long painting break, I headed intot he studio and set to work on a new cow painting. I just love to paint cows!
No matter how hard I try, I can’t get away from the fact that I just LOVE painting wolves. They are perfect subjects: mysterious, expressive, beautiful, fierce. They embody all of the characteristics I love in art.
Apparently I have it! All I can think about is my next painting! In fact, I have a whole series in mind: “Shelter Me; Rescue Me!” I have always had a passion for painting animals and I have a passion for helping homeless dogs and cats, so what makes more sense then using them as the subjects of my paintings? I did this years ago on a small scale and created the “PupArt” series. These were little 5″ x 7″ paintings that I sold and then donated a portion of the proceeds to the shelter where the subject was residing. This time I’m thinking of going MUCH bigger! 3′ x 4′, 4′ x 5′, or even bigger! Again, with some sort of profit sharing with the shelter or rescue. Seems like a win-win to me! I get GREAT subject matter and an endless suppl of inspiration and the shelter gets some level of publicity and hopefully a couple of extra bucks. I can hardly wait to get started. I hear the art supply store calling!
This morning my daughter and I collaborated on a gift for my father for his birthday. He’s always loved frogs, so we painted a lovely little green one nestled in the tall grasses. Here is the finished “masterpiece”.
He Loved it! In fact, he loved it so much that he wanted to try painiting the same picture with me, so here is the collaboration between my father and me. It’s acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 30″.
A little more refined, a bit less wild, a slightly different perspective…interesting to see how the result changes with each iteration!