Carl Sandburg's Mouse - Montana Artist Wildlife, Animal Paintings
About This Painting:
Inspiration comes from all kinds of experiences. Carl Sandburg has a wonderful poem where he compares love to a mouse.
Media: Acrylic and Oil on stretched canvas
Size: 8 in X 10 in (20.3 cm X 25.4 cm)
Price: $125 USD
How to Purchase:
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About the painting:
I love the effect the monochromatic painting. It takes a great deal of skill to use one color and get the range of values and tones right. The painting makes a statement about taking the road less traveled and being true to yourself.
I created this mouse to walk my own path. That my path would NOT be about the clamor and competition to be seen on the internet, to get to be first on google, to get more hits on u tube, to get noticed.
The internet is often full of people trying to get attention. Some will lie about who they are, where they live, or what they do. Other will puff themselves up claiming expertise and awards that they often don't have. Others use explosive color and expensive words to describe their paintings trying hard to get noticed above everyone else. With all that competition for attention, it takes some humility just to create a little mouse in a monochromatic color and let it stand alone in the light.
About the Poem:
The poem comes from the play "Wonderful World of Carl Sandburg". When I was in college I had the honor of playing the lead. Sometime during the first scene the light would go out and a single spot light would hold me in its beam and I'd recite the poem.
Sandburg compared love to a cat, a mouse, an elephant, a snake, a flamingo and a little white bird.
The excerpt from the part about the mouse goes like this:
"Could love be a mouse?
And you reach into your pocket and take out your mouse and say
"Oh, here is my love, my pretty little mousey love..."