Passions of an Odd Chick

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Glorious Giraffe.

"The Glorious Giraffe" Original Acrylic on wrapped canvas 30x40
prints and cards available upon request.

Oh good and glorious giraffe,
I'd like to speak in your behalf.
It's clear that there are very few
Who decorate the world like you.
                             - Johannes Eff, 1969

It seems I am working my way through the animal kingdom. I have to admit that giraffes are a favorite of mine. Their inexplicable oddness and their sweetness combine to win you over completely, along with their kind gentleness and sweeping eyelashes. You never hear of anyone being killed by a giraffe. They have huge hearts to raise and lower that neck so quickly. And they are graceful and dignified despite the fact that their build is so strangely unbalanced. 

"It was as if his hide had been in two layers, one creamy and pale, the other crisp and reddish brown. Maybe the dark upper layer had been to fragile for the equatorial heat. It had cracked into blocks, like the glaze on the Chinese pottery."   -Gladys Schmitt in "Consider the Giraffe"

I was forever changed once I saw a free giraffe move across the landscape in Africa in 2007. I've sketched them for years.
It was important to me to get this painting right and it owns a piece of my soul.

"It was really rather eerie; one got the same sense of unreality one would get- the same shock- if one suddenly saw a tree uproot itself and drift across the landscape."  -Gerald Durrell, zoo keeper



Bren said...

I just love the direction your art is going in these days. And this piece is exceptional. They have a grace all their own, and you've brought them to life with your brush. Wonderful piece

Jennifer Richardson said...

i love it, too!
what Bren said!
you're on a beautiful journey
and i'm so glad you're letting
us tag along
and share.
pure awesomeness:)

Kay said...

Wow...just Wow

Steve Emery said...

Looking at these last few months of posts I'm amazed at where you are. It's as if you were on the verge and the class bumped you over into a new space. I love the freedom of these, the joy and colors. And they are all you.

Tracy said...

Oh, this is so beautiful, Peggy! I appreciate your animal portraits so much, and you have a wonderful way of capturing the spirit of an animal. I've always loved giraffes. I wanted one as a pet when I was a kid. ;o)

*jean* said...

fantastic...animals seem to be your best muse!