Pretty Eyes and Rat
11" x 14" x ¾" acrylic on cradled canvas
March 19, 2013
In case you haven't guessed by now, I love my Pretty Eyes! I've had him most of my life. I think I was about 7 or 8 years old when someone gave him to me. I do remember thinking he had the prettiest eyes I'd ever seen - ergo, his name!
Recently I photographed him in many poses so I'm sure you'll continue to see him. He and Rat, who came to live with us as a Christmas decoration about 4 years ago, sit on the drafting table that I work on. I have two of them, side-by-side in my studio. The second one has a table top easel which I used to use all the time. For some unknown reason, I seldom use it now. Makes me think, why not remove the easel and have the work space? Great idea, now I know what I'm going to do tomorrow!
In addition to the great work tables, I have 4 art-quality lamps so when I paint, it is lit up like a football stadium! I do have to say, thank you God for the wonderful studio I have to work in. It is so beautifully stocked that I could probably paint for several years without having to buy additional canvas. As far as paint goes, yes, I have a
wonderful supply, but that seems to need replacing either because of degrading or because it has been used. What a problem!
I have bought canvas several times in the last year to get a specific type. I am finding I prefer hard surfaces to cradled canvas. Recently I found Cheap Joe's cradled hard wood surfaces. I got a box of 10" x 20" x ¾". They smell so good, like my Father's work shop, every time I get one out, I have to smell it! That sounds ridiculous but I love painting on them.
Pretty Eyes, I love you!