Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Portions for foxes

Two-headed fox in the woods
Originally uploaded by chicken widget.

When I was little, I read really rococo stories. Stories that rambled on for pages. Stories that visited strange lands, saw weird vistas, met odd characters. These stories are now a fixed part of my subconscious, and give me the base that I extract images from. I don't recall ever reading about a two headed fox, but the feeling in this painting is just the same as an old story. I was so excited painting this. It was like unlocking a door to a great mysterious land- vast and full of possibility and strangeness. If there are two things I cherish, they're possibility and strangeness. If there are three things, then add cuteness, too.
If I ever feel like there's a lack in my life, it's a lack of mystery, adventure, possibility. On really good days, painting brings it all those things to me. I think this is the main reason why I paint- to try to see new things, to try to get a new angle on remembered things. Lynda Barry once said about painting "It's like being able to fly, time travel, and turn invisible all at once." Hear, hear!

Fox Lady
Originally uploaded by chicken widget.

This painting reminds me of a tiny part of an illustration in a child's book- this would be one of the paintings on the wall of the protagonist. A painting of one of his relatives.


MiKa Art said...

These paintings are absolutely wonderful!

Emily said...

Love, love your paintings! And I'm a Lynda Barry fan too...she's so inspirational. :)

Felicia said...

Pretty paintings!

Sonja said...

I love your foxes!

Amy C Evans said...

The two-headed fox is really beautiful. There's a lot of depth in this painting, and I love the patterning. You can tell it came from someplace special in that head of yours.

Kathleen Rietz said...

Love your foxes. i don't see enough paintings of foxes. They are both very nice. I especially like the one in the dress and choker necklace. She looks very demure and polite. Love the yellow floor and patterned wall paper.

Claire said...

Wow, thanks for the support everyone!


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