I have painted this moose position three times and it surprises me that each one is so different. It kind of drives home the point that each artwork has its own unique characteristics. Im not a big fan of busy looking art, by that I mean a detailed main subject and a detailed background. My brain goes into shut down mode if there is too much to look at, like being in a large crowd and feeling the need to escape. So it makes perfect sense that this moose painting would be my favorite in my moose painting series. He is a calm and patriotic fellow.
Roosters can be a tricky bunch. We have had many here on the farm most of them passive enough but occasionally you get a mean one. The most notorious rooster we had, use to attack my mother on sight. She would enter the barn and from the other end of the building he would catch sight of her and come running to fly up and try to peck and scratch her, yet he never bothered my dad. As fate would have it the rooster thought he would come at her one day while she was carring a bucket of very warm water......this confrontation ended very differently, mom unscathed, rooster soaked and humiliated. This was the last time he bothered my mom. So although chickens are not the brightest of creatures, they can learn from their experiences.
A friend has started to take up a new hobby which is wildlife photography. Lucky for me she's already terrific at it and is allowing me to paint some of them. This girl is practically a gourmet chef, is very well traveled and an amazing mother to her six children. Myself, I'm tired just thinking about all she does on a daily basis....