Jessie Don’t !!! Oil on Linen, 36 x 24 inches
Everybody loved Jessie, excepting the small animals that he regularly ran to ground (or tree). A tall English Setter, he had the good fortune to have loving owners, a large family of friends in a safe community about a hundred miles north of New York City, and almost unlimited countryside in which to race about.
In keeping with his breed, he was a strong personality with a mind of his own and the energy to tear off in an instant. Here he is at a moment of distraction: should he heed the voice of his master, or make a run for it?
I had so much fun piling the paint up to indicate the intensity of strong light pouring down on his coat. It took me nearly an hour to decide exactly where to place the squirrel in that block of green, and how to make the squirrel look like he just realized he was in a heap of trouble!