I drew from various points of inspiration for this piece, starting with it being the year of the dog on the Chinese Zodiac. The dog is red, like Clifford, the big red dog from school storybooks, and adapted to look like a Labradoodle, which I’ve sometimes considered as my totem animal. Dogs in general to me are creatures of play and protection, and I like them because they demand fun if you want to make them happy and are loyal companions. Mixed in its fur are Japanese paper cranes and flowers symbolizing peace. There’s rain in the background because I live in the Pacific Northwest of the North American continent, where it rains a lot.
New commission-for dove -variations in placement and for rooster reworked face and legs to express the right attitude. Also ended up having to attach more hardboard to give more space to the image. The client wants a finished, realist painting instead of gestural so there’s more amending to do.
Looking back from a painting from the burst series from 2005.
For this painting, I was inspired by Japanese erotic prints, vintage Playboy magazines and flower catalogues. I looked at Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam for her outstretched hand. See full painting under 2017 work.