Friday, January 15, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Going home to his den after a long, cold night's hunt in search of dinner, a fox is not much different than me so to speak. I can relate to the struggle, the longing, and the journey. Most of us have to make concessions in order to survive. The fox is my metaphor for all of that in this painting entitled "Going Home."
The life of a fox also parallels a human's life. Foxes live in family groups while the young are growing up. At other times, they live alone or in pairs. They play together and cooperate while hunting. Foxes cover for each other too. If one of a pair of foxes is chased by an enemy, its mate may dash out of a hiding place and lead the pursuers astray. These bushy-tailed members of the dog family also communicate with one another. Growls, yelps, and short yapping barks all contribute to a foxy-type language.
In reference to my painting, I modeled the fox from photos taken. The landscape was a cold one that I'd imagined from the chilly month of January from the northern part of the United States. I painted Mr. Fox on sanded Wallis paper with hard, medium, and soft pastels. This art work is also already framed in beautiful dark cherry wood. Please inquire if you would like to know more about this painting. It is ready for purchase and also available in a 12 x 16 print that can be matted and framed.
After record-hitting days last summer going over 100 degrees, it's hard to believe that San Antonio's weather will dip down tonight to a low of 16 degrees above zero. Hope all of you stay warm! Plus, Happy 2010!! Hope your New Year finds you happy and healthy!