Monday, May 10, 2010

Ten Years with Monster: A Retrospective

"Precocious" 6 x 8 oil on canvas.
Today my wild child is ten - where does the time go? I could ramble on about her history, this by-nothing-out-of-nothing homebred, but I will spare you and instead share some of the paintings I have done of her over the years. If you'd like to see some photos of her, you can have a look at my Flikr album.

I will explain the evolution of her name, however. I love coming up with registered names, but have a hard time with barn names. She was very quickly christened "Entertainingangels" and registered with the Jockey Club, but it was several months - yes, months - before I decided what I would call her on a day-to-day basis. And then - well, it took on a life of its own! First she was Javelin, Java for short. As she became a feisty yearling, she turned into Javamonster! It wasn't long before I just dropped the Java part. In polite company she is Java, but her true friends know her as Monster!

"Beware The Monster" 5 x 7 oil on canvas.
"Monster - The Look," 5 x 7 oil on canvas.
"Aw, Mom!" 10 x 8 oil on canvas (sold). 
Gladzilla and Monster (sold). 
"Emerging" 30 x 24 oil on canvas.
"Faceoff," 5 x 7 oil on panel.
Breakfast. Coloured pencil (sold).
The painting with the forgotten title haha!  Oil on shellaced masonite (sold).
"Nobility Without Conceit" 20 x 16 oil on canvas (NFS).
"Dreaming Big," 5 x 7 oil on panel (sold).
"Camera Shy" 14 x 11 oil on canvas (sold).
"Freestyle" 2o x 16 oil on canvas.
"Attitude," oil pastel (sold).
"Insight," 8 x 6 oil on canvas.
"The May Foal," 8 x 10 oil on canvas (sold).


Kathleen said...

Lovely paintings! Fun to see her grow up =)

Judy Wood said...

How nice to learn a bit more about Monster's history and to see the collection of wonderful art she has inspired so far.

Elizabeth McCrindle said...

Lovely least you've painted yours I've painted more of the Hairy Monster Dougal and technically he doesn't belong to me. Tara has one head study which is on the wall in my bedroom and possibly a couple of others where she was used as a model....must do more. And I never painted Rio, posh name Classy Lady....slap my wrist :)