Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I've been doing fine art painting for a long time starting with some frightening things I did in a high school class at California College of Arts and Crafts (now CCA) and then to landscapes, cars, various objects, figures, abstraction, and narrative realism, but I've never done animals as a subject matter until recently. A wonderful sculptor named Phil Tuggle had helped a group of us create a metal sculpture as none of us had metal working skills. While we worked his large lumbering labrador Brandy clawed shallow pits in the ground. Periodically we would hear shouted curses directed at the dog when Phil's wife tripped into yet another hole. As a thank you to the Tuggles, I painted Brandy and that seemed to have started a series of pet paintings.