Sunday, 27 March 2016

The centre of the universe...

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The centre of the universe - acrylic on canvas 50 x 76cm

A while back, I was looking at some photos S had taken of Skye running through the water with her ball in her mouth and it sparked the idea of her running through the stars instead with the world in her mouth, in keeping with my current surreal cosmic skies obsession. 

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Then of course, we had the whole heartbreak of re-homing her (she's loving life in the big smoke by the way - running every morning, plenty of big long ball chasing walks in one of many parks in the afternoons and meeting lots more humans she can enchant with her waggly bum and puppy dog eyes). Anyway, I wasn't sure if I would go ahead with the painting but then I decided I still really liked the idea and perhaps it would be cathartic. It was. I loved painting her and hopefully I've captured her joie de vivre on canvas. 

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I wasn't sure what to call it and a couple of days ago I was driving along thinking about it when an Eagles song came on my ipod which happened to have the line 'centre of the universe' - that seemed perfect to me - it's no surprise that animals pretty much are the centre of my universe and it also worked with the old notion that planet earth was the centre of the universe.


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It's one of the biggest canvasses I've painted on so far at 50cm x 76cm (30 x 20 inches) and I thoroughly enjoyed working bigger for a change (although I've got a gazillion canvasses in various sizes of tiny so I'll still be painting miniature as well for some time to come!)

A wee 'put the size into context' photo

In other news, Artfinder are working in conjunction with Friends of the Earth on a project to raise awareness of the plight of the bee called the Great British Bee Count from 19 May to 30 June. They have invited artists to submit paintings of bees and then an as yet unnamed celebrity will select some of them to be exhibited in London later in the year. I've just started my painting and lots have already been submitted but there's still time if anyone wants to take part, just click on the link to find out more. 

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Thanks as always for popping by and I'll look forward to catching up with what's new in the art blogging community at Paint Party Friday

18 comments:

  1. this painting is absolutely amazing. I would say one of the best paintings you have ever painted, and thats saying a lot because all your work is stunning,,,
    this painting is going take you to new heights, all the boxes are ticked in my option,,it truly is a masterpiece and should be seen by everyone. I think the passion you feel for this beauty comes through handsomely,, can you tell I love this lol,,

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  2. What a lovely tribute Nic. You must miss her dreadfully but at least you can see her when you like and she is still part of your family. I had a look at the new link. It seems a great idea. I will try do some in June after my exhibition. I've been so busy. It will be nice to set myself a new challenge as it will be strange to be without one. I hope when you look at the skye painting you remember only happy thoughts and times together.

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  3. AWESOME !!! This is one of your best ever Nic.... just amazing. :-)
    You did the right thing by Skye and this is a gorgeous tribute :-D xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  4. Oh I do feel that joie de vivre!! Amazing capture of the delicate tendrils flaying about her ears!! You did what you had to do for Skye and now she has guided YOU into painting this brilliant tribute. Good luck with the bee painting!

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  5. Well as you know I LOVE this... it has to be your best yet! I was quite stunned when I saw it... It made me feel a bit emotional as I began thinking about our dog Codi who passed away... It made me think about where she might be... Still, Skye has not passed away of coure=se, so this is a happy painting. It seems pretty apt to paint her in the sky since that is her name! I can't say enough good things about this one, it really is exquisit! And seeing it to scale like that is so cool... I had no idea it was so big!! :0)

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  6. I have to agree with some of the others. This just may be your best painting. There is something beyond the pain in this. You are just amazing.

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  7. Another wonderful painting, love the starry background, and ou have captured Skye so well. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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  8. this captures her perfectly and it is my new favourite... there is a real sense of peace to the series in general and this one looks so other worldly... it is very cool and i loved seeing how big it is... you need to work big more often!!!... and looking forward to seeing your bees!!!

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  9. Wow,what a dog. Great painting.
    Happy PPF 🌷

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  10. Yes Skye does look rather ethereal flying through the cosmos. So pleased she is settling into city life.

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  11. You definitely captured her joie de vivre! She's practically running off the canvas here, outstanding work Nic! Very special to you too I'm sure!

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  12. Your tribute to Skye is very beautiful. You have captured all the energy and enthusiasm that dogs show. I am definitely a dog rather than cat person so I always love seeing dog paintings. Wonderful job!

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  13. Seriously I can actually feel the love in this dynamic painting! WOW...so incredible..with this wonderful happy energy...the frolic and movement is so spot on!!! How shall I say like the brits.... BRILLIANT!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  14. Masterpiece! There is a lot of joy in this beautiful creature. Fantastic work.

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  15. Oh, what a huge and enchanting painting, being the center of universe is so touchable, awesome!

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  16. Love Love Love the whole idea and painting!!!
    Bravo!!!!

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  17. What a beautiful painting! And a lovely way of keeping her in your home. You must her so much but I'm glad she's enjoying life in the big city!

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