6" x 6"
Oil on hardboard
A moose took up residence with me in Studio B a few years ago. He's my fantasy friend, my confidante, model, and sacred animal totem.  He stands watch over me as I paint, helps choose subject matter, and reminds me to clean my brushes... with soap!  Aren't I the lucky one?  Who needs a muse when you've got a moose—with such a sweet face?

Moose, here, is plastic; nine inches tall at the tip of his rack and twelve inches nose to tail.  I'll be painting other oddities from my studio this week.  Moose gets the honor of being first in the series.

Thanks for visiting with me and moose today.
My DPW Gallery

Cow Moose

"Cow Moose"
12" x 12"
Oil on stretched canvas
It was August, the calf was playing on the other side of this stream while the cow ate.  We were south of Winter Park by about an hour.  I had been looking for a moose in the wild, and when two of them appeared, there was also parking that didn't endanger our own species! 

I had visited with Karen Vance on this trip, and was awestruck by her handling of subject matter in her part of the country.  Inspired by seeing many originals, and also intimidated, I cropped this photo, but waited a year and a half to paint it.

Thank you for wading by today.
My DPW Gallery

Toulouse, Your Moose Is Loose"

"Toulouse, Your Moose Is Loose"
24" x 24"
Oil on wrapped canvas

It was Saint Patrick's Day and I was in the produce department of my grocery store when I saw a guy ripping leaves off cabbages.  I nearly rammed him with my cart to save this particular one from being scalped. "He's subject matter!" I declared. Once I had it in my possession I realized he would need companions, so I collected a turnip, red onion, egg plant, tangerines, tulips and added daffodils to the mix. Then I filled in with a few miscellaneous items... including my moose. 

Tonight Toulouse, Your Moose Is Loose will be featured in a gallery opening called Recent Works.  He was juried into the show and will hang for a month. This was my first painting done with my handmade, English, Rosemary & Company brushes.  What a sweet ride that was!

Toulouse will be listed with, and for sale through a Daily Paintworks auction during the same month as Recent Works.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I really appreciate your comments and e-mails.