My studio assistant doesn’t look too happy. He thought the job would pay more in dog biscuits than has proved to be the case.
In the background stands the work in progress. I’ve taped a few more drawings to the canvas to gain a better sense of where some of the still life objects might go.
I was so taken with a picture by Frederick Remington, great cowboy painter, that I saw recently in the museum. I was wondering how he managed to capture the horses’ movements. It got me wondering how much of a role memory played in his understanding of equine motion.
The animals I have around me, that I see daily, whose forms I know best, are our dogs Lucy and Zoomie. Zoomie as his name suggests is a creature of motion. Being a terrier, he loves defying gravity. He is often found aloft — if only for brief bursts of time.
When he jumps up, what I principally see are teeth and piercing glances. The teeth rise up from the floor with dog attached. So I tried to remember a bit of it. A far cry from Remington’s masterful portrayal of horses, but a start toward understanding the teeth that fly.