acrylic on painted paper
by Judith F Lochbrunner
The Roanoke Valley SPCA celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Best in Show Art Show on Friday evening, February 27, 2015 from 6:30-9:30 PM at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, VA.
Admission is $5/ $1 for children 12 and under.
While I have not entered all 10, I have missed only a couple shows as this show is all about the animals and this organization which cares for them, educates the public, and works to reduce the number of homeless pets.
Each artist (whether young, old, amateur, professional, hobbyist, or simply an animal-lover) completes the same size 12 inch by 12 inch canvas. The artwork is not divided by age or experience but simply hung in alphabetical order creating wonderful groupings of colorful, fanciful, cute, expressive, silly, realistic, serious, sincere, child-like and funny art.
My entry is based on a kitty that I met last year. Although the focus of the afternoon was to gather reference photos of the colorful chickens and geese in the barnyard this kitty was not about to let anyone ignore him. He followed me around the barnyard stopping as if to pose for the camera on several occasions. I took several photos of him noting that he did seem to consider himself the most important critter in the barnyard. Yes, he was the boss.
The base of the work is rice paper that has been dyed with acrylic inks. On top of the paper colorful marks, stamping and stencils has been applied to suggest the grass and weeds. This barnyard boss then gets the royal treatment in thick acrylic paint in purples, blues and pinks. All this to better contrast with the green eyes.
Yes, he is the boss of the barnyard.
Plan to come see him and all the other animals on Friday Feb 27 from 6:30-9:30 PM. It will indeed be an evening of fun for the animals and humans too!
PS: If you can't attend, be sure to check the RVSPCA Facebook page to view photos of all the paintings and perhaps even purchase one.