March 2016 - Dana Feagin Art News
Finding a Great Subject
Â© 2012 Dana Feagin, oil, "Sweet Cheeks", 18 x 14, available
"Sweet Cheeks" remains one of my favorite paintings. She reminds me of spring and never fails to make me smile. I love her surprised "you're in trouble" look and those big fluffy cheeks. I want to know this bunny! Finding the image for this painting was quite easy. She was one of the first rabbits that appeared on my search through PetFinder.com, and the shelter allowed me to paint from their photos. There were three different poses of her, all with that same sassy surprised look.
Usually, my search for an interesting subject involves several hours looking through my own photographs, online copyright-free photos, images from animal sanctuaries/shelters, and photographs people have emailed to me. Sometimes, I think Iâ€™ve found the perfect image, but the composition just doesnâ€™t work out, or something is blocking part of the animal's face (fencing, cage wire, a branch) and I just can't sort out how things look behind it. I can take hundreds of photographs of one or two animals myself and end up with a couple images that might work well for a painting.
Last week, I ventured out to the Applegate Valley to get some images of a baby goat at Sanctuary One. Her mother wanted nothing to do with me and wouldn't allow me inside the enclosure - that was a bust. Fortunately, I had better success at my second stop. I photographed some of Kat von Cupcakeâ€™s animals for our poetry and paint project and left with a few good photos of her goats and donkeys. My favorite of all is this one on the right.
During my visit, Kat also snapped a few photos of me. Here I look like the confident photographer - but, what you don't see, is Henry, Katâ€™s male goat sneaking up behind me - who, seconds later, pushed me over. I guess he felt deserving of more camera time himself! It was all very funny, and unfortunate that Kat didn't get a good shot of that - but, that's just how it goes.
Rogue Women at Pashal Winery This Saturday 6PM - 8PM!
Join us at Pashal Winery
for the opening reception of our next Rogue Women art show on Saturday, March 26th from 6-8PM. If you can't make it on Saturday, the show remains up until May 5th.
It's official - I joined the Board of Directors at Sanctuary One.
I've been involved in many of their fundraising activities over the last five years and it was time to take the plunge!
Two weeks ago, Chive, my eldest studio bunny, hopped over to the big carrot field in the sky. I adopted him two and a half years ago after he was abandoned at a local park. He was an older bun, with major dental issues, making him a regular visitor to his bunny vet. Chive was a happy presence in the studio and is deeply missed.
Until next month -