Saturday, November 12, 2016

26th Annual Holiday Miniatures Show, Abend Gallery, Denver CO

"Lucy is Thinking" 
Oil, 5" x 5"


"Small but Still Life"
Oil, 8"x 10"

I'll have two small paintings for sale at the upcoming Annual Holiday Miniatures Show at Abend Gallery in Denver. The show opens December 2, 2016 and runs until the end of the year. 

Abend has distinguished itself by developing an energetic stable of imaginative, gifted artists, both nationally and internationally renowned, at various stages of their careers. This would be a terrific opportunity to take a look at what's going on there and take home a small work (or two). 

Lucy is one of our dogs, a young and very graceful pointer. I'm not sure she is actually "thinking" but I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt, as she has tons of other skills that far surpass mine.

The baby rabbit is one that I rescued from Lucy. Rabbits are shockingly vulnerable creatures. This one kept its eyes squeezed shut so it would be invisible and I would go away. I put some fencing around the rabbit nest to keep it away from the dogs. This rabbit eventually managed to grow up to live under the barbecue, which gave me an excuse not to have to use the barbecue all summer, a win-win situation because I don't like to barbecue. 

Although I'm doing a lot of figurative work these days, I really enjoy painting animals as well as putting them in my paintings.  Somehow, seeing an image of an animal on the wall lifts my spirits in a way that's hard for me to describe. Maybe it's their beauty, or maybe it's the reminder that we are not alone on this planet. Thanks for looking at these.