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Because: my sweetie added a chicken painting to her ebay auction (it's so cute, darn it!)....

Laura Wortley wrote, in her 1996 biography of artist Lucy Kemp Welch (1869 -1958), suffragette and illustrator of the definitive 1915 edition of "Black Beauty", that she painted "horses, not horseflesh" (emphasis mine).  That is, she depicted them as vital, independent beings, not merely extensions or possessions of their human owners. She preferred to paint the draft horse over the thoroughbred, "the natural type," she once explained, "fashioned by nature and not by man - full of faults, variable, beautiful, and lovable beyond words." (Wortley, pg 142.)

I always think of Welch when I look at my sweetie's paintings or sculptures of animals, be it of horses (she specialized in equine painting while attending art school in CT), dogs, bison or, in this case, chickens. Judy has a wonderful understanding of animals, from years of working with them, careful observation and study, and, most importantly, love.

[A Judy Holder original right after the cut....]

So we posted her latest painting, just finished a few days ago, on ebay last night.  As usual, she sighed "it's a stupid painting" when she finished it. I insisted "the colors are clean and bright, the brushstrokes are fluid and painterly, the composition is perfectly balanced. And it's cute! Someone will want to buy it."  "Cute" is a word that i guaranteed o make her cringe, as it is apparently akin to the eight deadly sin - or the first, in terms of her art.  Too bad, I say. "Someone will want to buy it."

Occasionally, I actually win the day - and I'll take any victory, however small

ETA: a friend has informed me it's actually a "hen", not a "chicken". Not that I'd know - city girl, and all.


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I really like it! And hey, my Uncle's an artist, so you can tell your sweetie that I *know* *stuff*.

Hell I KNOW art and she doesn't believe me, but I'll give it a shot! Does your uncle have a website so I can see his work? What medium does he work in?
You weren't kidding about your uncle, that is some amazing work! (I've been reading about art history since I was five years old, so I consider it something I'm well=versed in...and which I remind my sweetie when she doesn't believe my critiques.)

I love "Awnings" and his photos of old, neglected building especially - I love the character of old buildings that tell stories in their wear. My partner even did a "wasted spaces" series of paintings when the the city took over some old houses and bulldozed all of them, leaving flat earth instead of the promised development. She did one of a bulldozer, bright orange against a clear blue sky on a dusty hill, that I keep trying to talk her into posting or selling but she doesn't like it. Go figure.
I'd love to see those wasted spaces paintings.

Our walls are covered in my uncle's work. We consider ourselves very fortunate. He had a showing recently and there's been a lot of interest.