Monday, May 24, 2010
24" x 18" oil on stretched canvas
We are back in Maggie Valley, N.C. for a couple of weeks opening the house, cleaning, etc. This painting of bunnies and field stones roughed in last season greeted me from the easel when we arrived. Still in a "fur-mode" from painting Mitzi and Daisy, I couldn't wait to squeeze paint and get busy! The trusty palette knife worked to achieve rough, hard texture for the field stones to contrast with the soft furry bunnies. The knife was also used for grasses and wild flower petals. There is color in the areas that appear black in the photo. I have portait commissions underway, but it was fun to relax with this playful painting using larger brushes and the knife!
Where's Mama" was inspired by a poem by James Cox entitled "At the Edge of the Unreasonable Forest"
"...along pathways of yellow and green
encroached by blackening shadows,
the pathways lined with luminous wisps
lifting slowly in the shadows..."