A few years ago I was out in one of my most favorite places on earth Santa Fe painting with a group of artists. I left the group at the end of the day and drove around until the sun began to set. I came upon this lovely little casita in the middle of no where with a beautiful view of the Taos Mountain. It was such a cozy isolation.
I have a plaster cast of a gorilla I won at an amusement park when I was a kid. I keep it in my studio to sketch just for fun. The other night I ended up with this and was surprised at how human he looked. Sort of a distinguished guest.
I am off on an animal jag for some reason. These two love birds I saw at the Houston zoo many years ago. I've been carrying around the photo for a long time waiting to be moved to paint it someday. These animals are so tranquil, but they are huge! This image is a pastel 8 x 10" on Ampersand Pastelbord.
I have had the image of this cat walking across the driveway for years. I have intended to render it in pastel or oil for a long time. I don't know why exactly I just love the way the shadow looks so graphic against the bland concrete. Once I finished it, needing a title, I thought about our new daughter-in-law, Jackie who just lost her rescued, three legged cat. Her cat looks nothing like this one however. This also goes out to another animal lover Lynn in Arkansas...