This delightful painting of a lonely, lost dog wandering through the park, is quite popular amongst the artist’s friends.
The white, concrete path curves smoothly through the park, and offsets the red-brown colour of the subject, the dog, who catches the viewer’s attention immediately. Notice that the dog’s ears are pricked, and it is looking directly at the viewer.
The green, central section separates the foreground from the background, and gives an illusion of visual depth. The cool, yellow-green colour is a popular choice in many of the artist’s paintings. The violet-red and violet-blue colours, are repeated around the canvas, in order to enhance the viewing experience and keep the painting ‘fluid’.
Two trees balance the painting, and attention has been paid to detail. The gardens have flowers, and their various colours have been applied in a ‘stippling’ manner. This gives a textured feeling to the painting.
The artist had a strong sense of the subject when he painted this scene.
Acrylic on Masonite, date unknown, probably late career. (Cleaned and framed.)