My Mate Rusty (25 x 20 cm)
The artist painted several similar scenes, where dogs are sleeping or resting on the patio or in a room.
Here, the shape of his mate, Rusty, is painted in red and blue violet colours. He is resting on a yellow-green floor. A hint of perspective has been achieved as the artist used soft pastel colours for the walls. The geometric framework of the skirting board emphasizes the natural curves of the dog’s body. The viewer may consider he/she is having a bird’s eye view of Rusty.
The painting is strongly textured. Yellow-green was one of the artist’s favourite painting colours. It’s representative of nature, life and renewal. The artist wrote a poem about how he took his dog for a swim, and described the spot in the bush as a ‘lime green colour’ wheel.
Maybe the dog he took for a swim was his mate, Rusty. Check ‘Phil’s Poems’ section of this publication. Page
Acrylic on Masonite, date unknown.