Saturday, April 18, 2009

Impossibility



Impossibility
is this week's theme at Illustration Friday. My work almost never deals with things that are impossible...I so deeply love the real and physical world that I rarely feel the need to go beyond its inexhaustible inspiration. Nonetheless, I am enjoying looking at other people's flights of fancy!

The tie-in with this week's IF theme is that it is an impossibility to make a dog pose for you for more than thirty seconds at a time! I had to take about 30 photos of this good-natured corgi, only one or two of which worked as painting reference. Thank heavens for digital. (The island referred to in the painting's title is, of course, Monhegan Island: how I love that place!)

Island Dog, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches, 2008

44 comments:

trudette, said...

Congrats , You made the impossible possible , you created a stunning picture of a very love dog !

Coreopsis said...

Lovely portrait! He's so perky and happy-looking--and the setting is lovely too.

(my dog stays still for hours at a time--sleeping on the couch--but he's black, and that's not usually the pose I want if I'm going to draw him.)

Eli said...

I really like this! I suppose because it's a strong composition and that friendly dog face can't be resisted.

Julia Kelly said...

very nice!! I have a lot of shots of my dog- or my dogs nose up in the camera lense!!

Coreopsis said...

(In response to your comment, I hope it's just the forty-something thing--you described what it's like perfectly, and that it will GO AWAY sometime in the future...)

Oh, and now I see that you're the person who painted that lovely in-the-art-museum-with-a-baby painting too. These are so fabulous!

studio lolo said...

I can't get enough of your work. It always depicts a slice in time when things are simple and quiet. We all need more of that!

I have a Corgi patient right now so I immediately thought of him when I clicked on. He'd approve of this painting!

DEB said...

I love animals, and your painting is gorgeous, but the evil side of me is imagining you taking photos of the dog, and a van flying around the corner of that building, narrowly missing you both, just as you are about to snap the keeper photo!

Nancy Bea Miller said...

Hi Deb, just wanted to reassure you...there are no cars or trucks allowed onto Monhegan. Certain residents have pick-up trucks, but this probably brings the grand total up to ten, on the whole island. Plus the roads are rutted dirt...so there is no zooming around. It's a walker's paradise!

DEB said...

Wow! I want to live on your island! I can't imagine a road without speeding vehicles! Can I visit? :)

Ginger*:) said...

How right you are. This has a lovely feel to it, and I can almost see the tail wagging and the tongue hanging out with that last pant before he runs off on an unknown mission. Wonderful painting, and Fleeting is just fantastic.

Cheryl said...

You do gorgeous work. You're right about dog poses for sure.

ArtSparker said...

A charming dog, you get a sense of his personality.

Owl Eng said...

Nice painting!! it has surreal feel to me. Nice thoughts!!

Roberta said...

What a delightful pooch in a very comfortable setting.
Your work is stunning Nancy.

Bella Sinclair said...

Oh, you are just brilliant! I love the deep colors and the bright white of the corgi. He has SUCH a great personality! The island sounds heavenly. I'd love to go there someday.

Jaimie said...

Beautiful work. The dog appears quite content, even pleased with himself. I love your soft lines.

Kaili (Billy and Button) said...

Oh I love all your paintings, they're all so great!

Sherry Rogers said...

It's wonderful! He is just adorable. The shadows are so great. Love how it really draws you back into the background.

justdoodleit said...

What beautiful lighting!

Lucy Autrey Wilson said...

Very charming!

froggie said...

just beautiful! i love love love the brush on the trees...the casted shadows....gorgeous, nb! :)))

sruble said...

Wonderful! I love the dog's expression and the scene. Reminds me of Edward Hopper.

Burt said...

Such a good painting!

Random York said...

This is beautiful Nancy!- John

alex s said...

Ah!! You never fail to amaze me Ms. Bea. Simply gorgeous work ... and my favorite part ... the impossible part ...is his tongue!! So so perfect. xx

Catherine Nolin said...

I absolutely love your work. I have a 15 year old son with autism. catherine nolin

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Incredibly wonderful! I have painted dogs and when you want them to pose they can be a handful :)

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