A legend told by several Native American tribes goes something like this (both the picture and the words are my own interpretation):
When the world was new and no one yet knew their place, God decided to divide Man from the other animals. He set Man on one side of a line and the rest of the animal kingdom on the other. Then he spoke and the line began to crack open. Soon it was a chasm, separating Man from all the rest.
At the very last moment, just as the chasm was becoming impossibly wide, Dog made a rebel choice. He dashed away from all the other animals and leaped across to join Man — where he has faithfully stayed forever after.
This painting is unfinished and will probably remain so because I’m petrified of ruining the dog, whose flight I think is beautiful.
My technical flaws are many. But I’m getting my illustration mojo back.
The specs: 9″x6″, mixed media on cream-colored Stonehenge paper. (Underpainting of Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus watercolor, graphite pencil, black ink, colored pencil, touches of acrylic paint.)