DescriptionThe words in this piece read: I am not amused by your shenanigans. ABOUT THIS PIECE: Poodles take their treats very seriously and they never confuse treats with toys. I am not sure what exactly is taking place here. I think the poodle's human is trying to play with her by dangling a bone on a string or ribbon. But I could be wrong. What I am sure of is that the poodle will have none of it.This piece is FULL of surprising color and rich textures and lovely details. I am thrilled with this painting. And not just because I am a devoted poodle fan. This painting is one of those pieces that makes me smile every time I see it.I hope Not a Toy brings humor and richness and joy to the home of some fellow dog lover out there.On a personal note: My best friend for many many years was a poodle. She has since passed on, but I feel her in this piece. She never knew she was a poodle. She believed she was a wolf. Or at least a mastiff. And thankfully she never heard the term Toy Poodle. I am sure she would have taken offense at the very notion. So while I titled this piece in reference to the bone not being a toy, I also like the suggestion that dogs of any size are not toys either.
Melissa Robinson, Central Minnesota Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement I make art for people. Not for galleries. Not to impress other artists. Sometimes just to entertain myself. But mostly I make art for people. Because some connections are deeper than words. Because art is what I have to give. Color feeds me. Heals me. Lines, too. Shapes. Light. Emotion. That is the stuff behind it all. Emotion. Power. Faith.
My work is a way of weaving together the many resources we need to cope with modern life. Virtues and failings balanced with humor and grace. Scrubbing away the gobbledygook to get to the heart of things. The Holy stuff. The pulsing beat of love that sings just below all of our daily concerns. I try to capture that. Even just a glimpse of that. To remind folks - to remind myself - that our lives are not just routines and drivel. Not just responsibilities and duties and things to buy. Our lives are poems unfolding. Beautiful dramas full of unseen forces at play. Our lives are art. God's art. And when my odd little pictures are successful. They give you a moment, a space, to breath in and remember the beauty of life unfolding.
I am eternally grateful for your interest in my work and your support. You make my art (and, so, my life) possible.