Thursday, December 10, 2015

Divine Menagerie: Bovines, Ovines, Equines and More . . .

Divine, adj. 1: of or relating to or proceeding directly from God or a god; 2: supremely good, superb.

Menagerie, n. 1: a place where animals (household or farm) are kept and trained, esp. for exhibition; 2: a varied mixture.

For the past ten years I have been working on a series of cow paintings, or shall I say paintings of the cow (Bovines).  Recently I have expanded my work to include other pastoral or domestic animals such as goats and sheep (Ovines), and burros (Equines), as well as a few family pets.  My paintings of these “divine” creatures are treated as portraits, rather than animal paintings.  As such, I attempt to capture the personality of my subject, and also hopefully establish a connection between the subject and the viewer. 

I am having my first solo exhibit during the month of December.  The opening reception is Friday, December 11, at the Mobile Arts Council during the LoDa ArtWalk.  This show includes artwork I completed over the past 10 years.  Many of the pieces in the exhibit have been previously posted on this blog, which was interrupted over three years ago by the extended illness and death of my mother, and the subsequent family responsibilities I inherited. Although I have continued to post highlights of my artistic experience on my Facebook page, I think it is time to return to my ArtSpace on this blog.  I thought I would take this opportunity to post some of the "newer" artwork in my show that has not previously appeared in this space.  And I hope that some of you will be able to see the work in person during the month of December.

Misty's Eyes, Watercolor on Paper, 7 in. x 10 in, 2013.

Audubon Petting Zoo Sheep, Acrylic on
Matboard, 3.5 in x 2.5 in, 2014.

Blount County Goats, Watercolor on Yupo, 16 in. x 20 in.,
Nellie and the Turkish Rug, Watercolor on Yupo,
18 in. x 24 in., 2015.

Baldwin County Spotted Ass and Burro, Don Quixote and
Sancho, Acrylic on Canvas, 36 in. x 48 in., 2015.

Suzie's Baldwin County Brahmans, Oil on Canvas,
36 in. x 36 in.,  2015.

Mary's Little Lamb, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 in. x 30 in., 2015.