2006

moustache

moustache

2006 was a serious year for canines in my work. Perhaps I was unconsciously influenced by the fact that in the Chinese calendar; it actually was the Year of the Dog. I don’t know. But I sure had a great time in the studio working on a collection of canvases that incorporated odd bits of information about dogs from my many old dog books (old books, not books about old dogs). In some cases like “fru fru dog”, “to err is human”, and “a talking dog act”, I incorporated vintage photos of dogs. At the close of the year I had a two person show in Toronto for which I completed six canvases, all about dogs. “Moustache” was one of them. In “Moustache” I tried something new – I painted realistically. I had eschewed realism/rendering for most of my career claiming I didn’t know how to draw. This was only partially true. More importantly, I hadn’t wanted to be enslaved by perfectionism, by the need for things to look a certain way. But with “moustache” I began to discover that not only did I have the ability to render something, but that I could use this ability in service of my artistic vision. The dog could wag the tail and not the other way around.


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