Welcome to my 'Dog Blog'
Last July (2008), I decided to paint a series of dog paintings in the spirit of the 19th century European dog painters. These painters portrayed the everday life of the dogs of their time, wih academc prowess, creating masterworks no less worthy than any other painting genre. In studying these paintings, I realized that even with the surge in representational painting today, animal painting as a genre, largely follows a Modernist aesthetic, and is rarely seen in fine art or academic art circles. I want to bridge the divide, both as an academic painter and as a dog lover and present dogs, not as one-dimensional stereotypes, but as living breathing spirits. In each painting, it is the domesticated individual, along with their wild heritage that I hope to capture and memorialize, and in doing so, bring the same dignity to them that they bring to our lives everyday. Our culture has a tendency to anthropomorphize our dogs; maybe this is the reverse in action, our dogs' nature teaching us something about ourselves.
This series of work was shown at Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica, CA at Bergamot Station, April 25th-June 6th 2009. http://www.loraschlesinger.com/
Commissions are welcome. Contact the gallery or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Here's Lily's chance to compete for the title in
Dog.com's Million Dollar competition!!!
Please vote for Lily and vote often! OR, if you happen to think that You have the Cutest Dog EVER...Enter the competition at Dog.com
May the cutest dog win!!!
(please note, I say this in jest...any dog in a loving home is a winner!)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The book will soon be available on my website, www.kimberlymerrill.com but for now you can find them on www.blurb.com , Kimberly Merrill, Unleashed.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
When I started this blog, it was specifically for the show. I've been wondering whether to stop until I get the next show started, but then decided to blog about the process of both doing commissions and painting a show. I am learning as I go...maybe some of you would like to learn with me. So, on to the next project!