Sometimes its all about the paint, and sometimes there are other influences, like, the subject?
The last two years of my life have been influenced by a red, furry, slobbering golden retriever we named ‘Renoir’. Yes, after the artist. Monsieur Renoir to be exact.
Dogs plus artist? What that really means is less time for paint, more time for dog. Nevertheless, I try to look on the bright side. Dog equals painting subject! Can’t sit still? Whip out the digital camera.
In the process I discovered just how influential dogs have been in the history of art. Yes, man’s best friend, hunting companion, lap dog, etcetera.
Enter social media, and the opportunity to see other people’s dogs! Yes, people put their kids, dogs, cats, glasses of wine and other errata on social media, specifically Facebook, to no one’s dismay. The more the better.
Which is how I became acquianted with LeeAnne, mother of Abby, a most engaging and photogenic Australian Shepard, alas recently diagnosed with cancer and a limited life span. But that isn’t what convinced me to paint her. It was a combination of the eternal ‘I love paint’, plus ‘I just got some new paint’, plus ‘I need to learn how my new paint performs’.
Viola, an acrylic painting of Abby, who went to dog heaven recently. The owner says I ‘captured her’. It makes me happy to know I did that. Because a red, furry, slobbering golden retriever just happens to be this artist’s companion, inspiration and motivation for keeping in shape.
Félicitations M. Renoir. I hope to paint you sometime soon. In the meantime, Abby’s brothers and sisters need portraits. Yes they do!