Monday, October 18, 2010

Admiral Bird and The Fox

My friend Diana K. commissioned a painting of her "Admiral Bird", a Cochin Rooster.
Diana had seen some of my chicken paintings from earlier in the spring. She told me how the Admiral had protected her free-range chickens against the fox on several occasions.
When I first saw the Rooster, he had no tail at all, having lost it in his latest encounter with the fox.
I live in Up-State NY, in fox hunt country, mostly an equestrian event, chasing fox and coyote on horse back. There is a lively market for sporting art on this subject including many fox paintings.
I liked the idea of presenting the fox in a different role, but one that it is really known for. The fox in the hen house, the bane of the farmer!
The interaction between any two individuals,  be it animals or humans has always fascinated me. You can use the distance between glaces as a real compositional element.

When I finished the painting, I thought it would be most enjoyable to present the painting to Diana at my studio, and invited some of my friends.

My studio is not a public place or an art gallery. I really had to think about who I would invite and decided that I could only have friends who have been to my home or people that already owned some of my works. They are the only people I could feel comfortable showing those unfinished or unbaked works that live and linger around the studio.

Sharing the finished Admiral Bird, before it went to live on Diana's wall made for a great day.
My wife Holly put out a most beautiful spread of wine and cheese.


all ways 11 o'clock said...

"Admiral Bird and The Fox"
is a wonderful piece that would look great on any wall. Diana I am sure is pleased.

Your studio is grand.
Thank you for sharing it with us.


nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

yes I agree with Robert totally, and what a great studio you have!

Bitch said...

A very beautiful piece of art
and the wooden walls of that
studio, so warm!!
I like the idea of cheese and

Celeste Bergin said...

Oh my word--that is a heartstoppingly breathtakingly beautiful painting...and the words you chose to accompany it are equally profound. ("The interaction between any two individuals, be it animals or humans has always fascinated me").
Great studio...great painting...great Mrs. Great post!

Dan Gliubizzi said...

Robert- Thanks for the comment, Diana is framing it up for another reception at her home.
Laura- always enjoy your response
Bitch- thanks for visiting. Your presence is a different voice.
Celeste - Thank you. I had 12 Turkeys in the backyard today. This country living is finally working into something!

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

Wow! Great colours! I love this piece of artwork.
What a great studio you have.