Oil on museum quality, archival ampersand gessobord™ panel - 6” x 8”
I have attended the Blessing of the hounds at St. John's Episcopal Church in Glyndon, Md for the last couple of years. The church is a charming neo-gothic cathedral nestled in the heart of horse country. It has always been pet friendly. For instance; my wife and I often attend Christmas morning service there where our dear friend Father Frederick Hannah has been the guest rector. I grant you it is a tiny church but I can only surmise that the bulk of the congregation was in attendance on Christmas Eve since the 10:00 am morning service never boasted more than two dozen or so parishioners. One Christmas morning, as we knelt at the alter awaiting communion, we notice a tiny nose poking out of the jacket of the man next to us. He had a tiny puppy with him. Father Fred gave the man the host and blessed the little dog, he did not let the puppy drink from the common cup.
I don't normally cut off heads in my compositions but this painting cried out for ambiguity and abstraction. The negative spaces, the pull of red and green, and the free brushwork came together to form a very pleasing painting (at least to me).