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Usually ships the next day ArtistAnn TuckPlatinum Member CollectionFauna
Description It's hard to know what some of my paintings mean as I'm painting them—mostly, I understand this well after they are complete. Certainly this painting was influenced by the story “The Musicians of Bremen”, and by the playfulness of the dogs that I photographed at the dog park. But, I also realized later that I had painted this piece while our husky was dying, and I think that the light that all of the dogs are looking toward has some meaning. The remote place has meaning as well—We know dogs as beings whose lives center around human lives, but I wonder about their other lives—what they think about as they sit on the porch or what they dream about when we see them wiggle their legs and yip while they sleep. Perhaps there is a place where they live for dogs.It wasn’t until after I finished this piece that I realized that the story of the Musicians of Bremen is about old animals that were soon to be killed by their masters. The animals in the story have a wonderfully comical way of triumphing over their fates.The hill in the background was just an unplanned accident in this painting, but you see it again in the painting “Basset Ring”, the second in this series, so there seems to be a lot going on in this place.
Ann Tuck, Atlanta Member Since December 2008 Artist Statement My journey as an artist began with a 15-year tour of the world. Residing for months at a time in 20 very obscure places on the globe, my palette and approach to painting changed with every place that I lived—The Atacama Desert of Chile was a place to explore the emotion of color and pattern with the eerie, ever-changing skies above. I learned the power of contrast in India where brilliant pink saris worn by shantytown women were set off by the surrounding dirt and decay. At a bawdy seaside town in England, the clutter of campy neon signs and noisy casinos inspired my use of color to create a sense of motion and rhythm. By the time I had set foot on all of the continents, I was set to explore all of these changes that I had experienced.
My vision of the world now begins no further than my own backyard where my studies explore the aesthetics found in the world all around us.
You can find my originals at the Lagerquist Gallery in Atlanta. See my painting “Paraguay” on the Axe Body Spray television commercial “The Ideal Woman”.