This is from a photo we took of our new little mini mancha buck Rumi when he was less that twenty four hours old. He bonded with us immediately and is still at six months the sweetest of goats. The painting itself turns out to be a great deal like many other paintings I've done that show someone nurturing an animal, weirdly similar to the way Madonnas hold babies in old paintings. They always have downcast eyes and are holding gently with both hands, and I have grouped all these painting together on one wall, including Madonnas. I don't find this in the slightest sacrilegious, much the contrary, I see it as nurturing love that extends to everything., and that I see my love of nature as just part of the bigger picture.
Made this decision back in June to never do another old master copy with an animal in it. Then Bob went out and got a new dog. Always the new dog gets a portrait, so here it is, my first nude dog painting. I feel so liberated!
update, Nov 20 I decide to put a demo of the old master technique on my other website in case anyone would like to see how I do underpainting and glazing technique in acrylics, melindacopper.net and I used Buddy. I swear this is the last. I mean it.
This was my first sculptural Gaia, nearly forty years ago. It is cast aluminum covered in bondo and painted with automotive paints. The base is plaster, also automotive paints. I just love this piece. Lately I've been making similar images as pendants.