An Ugly Animal In A Cute Outfit, this one’s in a tutu. The star nosed mole, native to Newfoundland where you’ll be able to find artist Mary Pratt paintings, they eat fish also so suitable this one has one of her paintings! Living underground, feasting on worms and molluscs, the star nosed mole can smell under water too by blowing bubbles and smelling them up again. Shovels for hands and a secret message in the wormy background you’d be lucky to get to take her home. Ugly Animals In Cute Outfits: Taking a seemingly unfortunate situation and seeing for what it can be/ truly is, unique, opportunity, beauty and glory! Featuring the world’s most underrated animals, be proud of who you are, personality and character go a long way. All four edges of the painting are delicately painted and therefore does not require a frame and complete with hanging wire it is ready for your enjoyment!
Listening to a podcast on Baroque artist Jusepe De Ribera 1591 – 1652, I learned he was proud of who he was, a Spaniard in Italy. He played that part of himself up in his signage and setting himself apart from Caravaggio, a direct influence. He married into an art dealer’s family and plotted himself in Naples where a Spaniard at that time could operate freely. He was a painter of the uncomfortable. Popular subjects included the disfigured, the abnormal, the elderly with their sagging skin and giving dignity, unique beauty and contemplation to the otherwise grotesque. Violent scenes of pain and suffering populate his body of work, public executions were evident in this time and the public was fascinated.
His painting, Magdalena Ventura With Her Husband And Son reminded me of my own Booby painting. Both featuring at least one open breast, although the open breast was not as taboo as it is maybe thought of today, but there’s an element of strange outside of that in both. Androgyny was not particularly popular nor desirable at this time but the lady in Jusepe De Ribera’s painting was commissioned and modelled after rumours of one such character who was both mother and income contributor to her family, despite her unusual hair growth. Her standing pose depicted while nursing is a sign of her strength and ability to get up on with it just days after birth. The bearded lady is dignified, capable and a proud provider to her family.
As for Booby, I’m not sure what she was trying to say. A science experiment gone wrong? Gone right? Maybe a provider to her family, to society as a whole? Ham and bacon she provides to Canadian breakfast lovers, her insulin has saved a lot of diabetics, is this painting so far off? She seems dignified with an almost serene look upon her face and on all four feet and getting just right on with it despite her circumstance. A pretty bow tied to her foot, perhaps she is a gift.
What do uncomfortable works of art do for us? Maybe they give us a new perspective on ourselves and how we view each other. Maybe they ask us to question our own assumptions and help us imagine a world without them. Maybe they stretch the possibility of how society may nor may not function. I can only guess.
I can’t help but think he has been an unconscious influence. Seeing his painting and learning the story behind it has somehow revived my own appreciation to my very own, hard to sell Booby painting 🐖
Original painting and prints of Booby available at Saatchiart
Aye finished a painting! Part of an ongoing series featuring Ugly Animals In Cute Outfits, this one features a monkey type creature called an aye aye in a lacy nightie.
Legend has it if you find an aye aye and it points its long middle finger at you, it means death and you must kill it but that’s totally false! This legend is in part reason for its near extinction. This one’s just being friendly, minding their own business and using their long fingers, decorated with golden rings, to skillfully play a violin in the moonlight.
Aye ayes live in the trees and feed on grubs using their long fingers to dig them out from the trunks of trees. They also feed on fruit which is my reason for the inclusion of the pomegranate and the orange at the bottom.
Sold this one in record time but prints are available online at Saatchiart.com and Society6 Thanks for your support! 🌚🎻🌙
People ask, “Where do you get your inspiration?” From everywhere really: dreams, happenings, daily life and of course, other artists -it depends on the piece! A few years ago I re-did Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa by featuring myself in pink fur as the, “Furry Lisa.” I thought about this painting again recently when I came across this wonderful podcast on Spotify by BioGraphics on the life of Leonardo Da Vinci while I was painting the other day. YouTube video version:
I’ve always been in awe of his character, his interest and achievement in an array of subjects. He thought of how to tackle the possibility of human flight before anyone, he was an inventor and a dedicated artist. He followed his heart and from doing that, excelled and expanded the human imagination. One of my earliest memories of what an artist is and what an artist does was when my mom showed me a picture of the Mona Lisa. I connect with him today as I seemed to have wound up a bit of a Renaissance woman myself, being an artist and a nurse. It was interesting to learn about his own personal journey and learning about how painting fit into his life and what it meant to him.
I’ve read a number of biographies on the man and off the top of my head here are some things I remember, hopefully I’ve remembered them correctly. In his later life Da Vinci became hesitant to sign paintings until he sold them as his name alone brought great prominence to a painting and he became concerned with art thieves. The Mona Lisa did not reach world fame until it was stolen out of the Louvre museum. The thief believed it belonged to Italy as Da Vinci was Italian despite the artist spending his latter years in France. Back then nobody thought anyone would steal it, there was no security guarding it nor alarm systems to protect it. The thief simply visited the Louvre during opening hours, plucked it out from the frame and hid it in his coat and walked out. When it was stolen, the Mona Lisa made headlines world wide and people wrote love letters to the Mona Lisa daily. Since being recovered, the Mona Lisa is the most visited work of art in the Louvre, it now sits behind an enclosed case where crowds from all over the planet can only get so close to it. The painting is guarded with heavy security and the public can only look at it behind a red velvet rope. Here are my top favourite points from the podcast which I think further depicts the aura behind the Mona Lisa.
After chasing a long sought after dream career in war weaponry design and eventually seeing the horrors of war and disgusted, he quietly retired and with the money he made from weaponry, he settled back into the peaceful life of painting portraits. It was this time he painted the Mona Lisa, the only painting he did for himself and carried it around with him everywhere he went, always changing it, trying to perfect it. Born a bastard child, in his old age he died comfortably looked after by the king of France and with no children of his own, he left the bulk of his work including the Mona Lisa to his loyal apprentice ❤️
A collection of 10, 4 by 4 feet acrylic on canvas paintings completed between 2018 and 2020. A celebration of adaptability and individuality, each animal of a different species adapts to a different room of the house as they learn to coexist under the same roof. A thriving structure of life and the versatility of the living spirit.
All paintings measure 1.5 inches in depth, with sides painted and complete with hanging wire, it is ready for your enjoyment! DM for details and please share freely : )
The Big Goose acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 x 1.5 inches 2018 $10,000
The goose, the first to move in, she hides her eggs in the nooks and crannies of the home and draws the curtains of mountain and sky when she’s feeling antsy. Accompanied with a bowl of grass for when she’s feeling peckish, a time glass helps her to keep track of the days and nights while she waits for her young ones to hatch.
Radioactive Raccoon 2.0 acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 x 1.5 inches 2018 $10,000
A nocturnal raccoon up in the middle of the night and in typical fashion, he can be found raiding the kitchen. A rambunctious hungry fella, he is not too neat nor tidy but with eyes like moons, who could kick him out?
Albino Squirrel acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 x 1.5 inches 2018 $10,000
An albino squirrel holds a golden walnut as she shows off her collection of treasures she’s squirrelled away. She hangs out in the attic of spring in full bloom with cherry blossoms!
Indoor Chameleon In Orange Major acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 x 1.5 inches 2019 $10,000
An Indoor Chameleon makes home in an orange living room. He camouflages neatly into the background playing with his ball of sky. An active creature of the day he, likes lots and lots of light.
Snake In The Bathroom acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 x 1.5 inches 2019 $10,000
Ssssssssslitering away is the green snake, preferring moist environments, she’s cleverly made her way to the upstairs bathroom. She can be found weaving her way in and out of the pipes. Normally preferring the green meadows, the green of the marble tiling suits her well.
Beaver Dam In The Pool acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 x 1.5 inches 2019 $10,000
Dam! There’s a beaver in the pool! Here he can be found building a dam (behaviour which can not be helped) out of patio chairs and pool toys. A nocturnal worker, it’s night time outside and the reflections from the water can be seen throughout.
Koala In The Bedroom acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 x 1.5 inches 2019 $10,000
The sleepiest animal of them all, the koala has rightfully claimed the bedroom. Another nocturnal creature she’s up at night with her koala teddy and her mushroom nightlight. Surrounded by eucalyptus and accompanied with several of her friends from her native Australian bushland, she’s feeling right at home.
Mouse In Da House acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 x 1.5 inches 2020 $10,000
Painted during the Chinese New Year, in the year of the Rat 2020, there’s a Mouse In Da House! A hard worker, she’s gathered all her food supplies for the year and nibbling on a piece of cheese in the pantry. Not the year of the cat nor the year of the snake, she’s put them both away for personal safety. A twenty dollar bill hangs as a symbol of good fortune and prosperity while signifying the year 2020, this mouse is doing just fine. A social creature, shadow mice keep her company and look! a nest of mice in the cupboard!
Peacock Descending A Staircase acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 x 1.5 inches 2020 $10,000
Meeting you in the foyer is a Peacock Descending A Staircase. Vain by nature and wanting to show off his intricate tail, he’s covered the room in black and white patterns to make his own colours stand out that much more. Look closely and you’ll find some lizards for her to catch for when she’s feeling peckish.
Floral Print Gecko acrylic on canvas 48 x 48 x 1.5 inches 2020 $10,000
The final finale, a Floral Print Gecko! Passing time on a carpet of grass with a rubik’s cube of different coloured skies, an invisible sail boat on a board of ocean, a seashell shaped galaxy, jacks of stars and rolling marble planets, this one’s an amazement of pure wonder.