Have you ever completed an impossible task? Overcome the un-overcomeable? Done the thing you didn't believe you could do? I'll bet you have. I think we all have bone dogs in our lives - a symbol of our own tenacity, resilience and determination. With perhaps a little magic, serendipity and the love, support and encouragement of others. When I think of the things I have done that I didn't believe I could do, I feel a little sparkle.
And so this piece - a dog made of bones - a talisman for the impossible. Which we know, you and I, is sometimes very possible, likely, probable and done.
About the art: beginning with a thickly gesso'd wood panel and an oil pastel sketch of a dog skeleton. Adding the requisite 80 million layers of oil paint. Coming over the entire skeleton with thick lime green paint, then scraping away, leaving deposits in the bones. Adding back the details, allowing paint thinned with Gamsol to run down the piece. Adding a light pink sky in a thin wash with a rubber brayer.