Thursday, April 8, 2010
10" x 10" acrylic on blue shalimar
... a 'Spirit in Stone'
What a terrific profile and relief of the ear, neck and muzzle in this stone! The only bad thing is that there is a terrific smallmouth bass in relief on the other side, but this Irish setter was just too amazing to pass up. Dogs tug on my heartstrings more than fish, for sure. This stone will be in my solo show at Art on the Avenue along with about twenty other stones.
This is the first time I've had a group of stones up for show and sale in many years. I've done a few on commission, but have been concentrating on my other paintings since returning to the studio not quite two years ago. The six years before that were basically spent working outside the art world with the exception of family paintings. It's a crazy economic time to be re-emerging, but the outside world just refuses to follow my time line. If I were president, I think I'd mandate that everyone had to purchase original artwork instead of health insurance... it would make people happier and healthier! Just joking - I prefer freedom of choice, don't you?