Fine 220/221 Ferret Artwork
The first 3 paintings here are projects done for FINE 220 (oil
painting), taught by Art Green. I didn't only paint ferrets
for this course, but of my other paintings, 1 didn't photograph
very well, and the other 2 aren't that interesting, so...
The images are scanned from photos and slides of the artwork,
so the colour, size etc is probably more than a little distorted.
For some pieces I was unable to get rid of the glare from the
varnish as well.
Click on the images for a larger version of the painting.
Comments, suggestions, criticisms are more than
welcome! If you wish to know when my artwork is updated, let
me know and I'll notify you when I add new pieces.
||Litter box blues
||30" x 40"
||oil on masonite
||in my parent's living room, hung about 2 inches
from the ceiling, and with the plastic protective wrapping still on! my
dad is odd
This is a painting attempting the style of analytical
cubism, more or less classified by duller colours,
leaking shapes, and multiple viewpoints of an object.
The content are ferrets (for curves),
their litterboxes (for cube and triangular shapes), and
wire cages. There are 3 ferrets in the painting.
This painting would probably be better if I have
sketched in a bit more of the ferret body, instead of
just head and paws. I like the colours okay, and
got it framed recently, which improves it a great deal.
The title is a really bad pun, but I just couldn't resist.
||Ferrets, tunnels, and packing peanuts
||40" x 30"
||oil on canvas
||hanging in Steve Mann's Office
This is a painting attempting the style of synthetic
cubism, kind of shapes made out of textures. The
experience I was trying to synthesize was what happened
when my ferrets got into a box of packing peanuts
that came with the new tunnels I got them. Being ferrets,
they of course enjoy the packing peanuts way more than
the tunnels, and I still find the occasional packing
peanut in my room. I did not enjoy the clean up.
Not fully understanding what synthetic cubism is,
I probably took the texture part a little too literally,
and end up painting lots of different textures. My
biggest mistake was deciding not to repeat textures,
I should have repeated them up to 3 times. I tried to
use animal and other natural textures. I'm still
undecided as to whether I like the final result. It's
definitely the first time I painted something this loud.
There are 7 ferrets in the picture. Have fun finding
||40" x 40"
||oil on canvas
||hanging in my room
This is my second self portrait. I hate painting humans.
What I depict here is an exaggeration of a good start to
the day. I love waking up and finding all my ferrets
squishing me. Of course, I don't actually have 21 ferrets
(yet), but hey, I needed to fill the canvas.
I don't know what possessed me to paint so many ferrets.
I kind of ran out of time, so the ferrets nearer the edges
of the canvas aren't painted as well. There is also a
splotch on the upper left, thanx to one of Ina's cats.
I intend to fix it up sometime, but I always intend to
fix my paintings, don't know when I will actually get
around to it. I should also fix my face, I use a mirror,
and forgot to account for reflection, so all the marks are
on the wrong side. Shape of my face isn't right, either.
According to everybody who knows me,
my other self portrait is much better.
The ferrets here are painted after the ferrets
living in my apartment. I like the idea of this painting
a lot, but I'll probably like it a whole lot more if I
Take a look at the close up to see the real Sand
against the painted Sand.
The remaining paintings are done for FINE 221 (acrylic painting), taught by
Doug Kirton. I told Doug I was only going to paint ferrets for the
course. Fortunately, I don't think he was too unhappy with the results...
||Ferrets in the sky
||24" x 24"
||acrylic on canvas
||hanging in my hallway
This is a hard edge painting, my first try at one. I
consider this one of my best paintings, but it was painful
to put together. I didn't want to do any abstract
hard edge paintings, so I did a representational. There
is a ferret looking up at the night sky. I tend to think
of the ferret as out camping with its humans (since
everybody knows you don't get ferrets in the wild!).
Even though it is hard edge, I couldn't stop myself
from blending. I'm a compulsive blender.
The one thing wrong with it is that the ferret's nose
is practically at the middle of the canvas. Couldn't
believe I did that.
I had problems thinking of a good title for it, then
Kat Parsons from the FML
told me a story about how ferrets
became stars when they die, and their friends on earth
look up in the sky to see them. The idea goes wonderfully
with the painting, and I love the title she suggested.
She also directed me to some poems and stories by
Sandy Repper, who kindly gave me permission to put them
on my site. The painting matches Sandy's writings really
well. Click on the thumbnail to see a larger
version of the picture together with the poems and
||All in a day's work
||54" x 28"
||acrylic and misc ferrety items on canvas
||hanging in Ina's living room
This is a tribute to Firefly, my roommate's
ferret. She was the most notorious kleptomaniac I have known.
I had to make Ina clean out the underside of my bed every
month to get rid of the stolen goods that Firefly hid. The
painting is sort of a painting inside a painting. The outside
shows line drawings of thieves at work, and the inside shows
the mess the robber left behind. If you lift up the scarf,
you will find the thief sleeping there, all tired out. You
can just see her nose peeping out from underneath.
This painting was a mixed media painting, most of the 3D
materials were actual things ferrets steal. I had to get
baby socks so they will fit on the painting. The water
is created using resin, and I have attached a few inches of
the tunnel they play in as well (some of my dumber ferrets
try to go up it later, and we had to move the painting
out of reach). The ferret food is real (the cats tried to
eat it), as are the wood pellets and soil. The scarf is
a real scarf I don't wear because Storm chew holes in it --
yes, all the holes in it are ferret generated. And of
course, a ferret's home is never complete without the all
important duct tape. The actual box itself is also filled
with stolen goods.
Painting still needs a bit of work. I couldn't do a good
job of the ferret in acrylic (acrylic sucks!), so I plan to
redo Firefly in oil sometime. I like it okay, but I don't
think I will attempt another mixed media painting for a while.
||48" x 60"
||acrylic on canvas
||sold to Melanee Ellis,
moved from Juneau to Eugene? procceeds went to F.A.S.T.
This is probably my second favourite ferret painting I painted.
It is done with staining, a technique I enjoy so much that
I have decided there is hope in using acrylics after all.
The idea is that there are some ferrets war dancing around
a camp fire under the northern lights. The northern lights
are a bit harsh around the edges. I made the camp fire
green to match the northern lights, and to get a ghostly
sort of effect. I really like the way the ferret dancing
behind the fire turned out.
||Tomorrow, the world
||18" x 24"
||acrylic on masonite
||given to my brother Hubert. in his room
somewhere in California.
For this project, I had to use a photo and incorporate it
into a painting. The photo is one I got when I took Birch
to a pet portrait place, she was standing on a blue carpet
against a sky background. I thought it might be fun for
her to sniff at a moon. I like painting fantasy settings,
so I chose colours to reflect a blue moon. The hard part
of the painting is mixing colours to match the photo, especially
since acrylic dries a lot darker.
I like the way this painting turns out, but it feels a
little like cheating because I didn't actually painted
Birch. The prof also suggested it might look better
with a bunch of smaller paintings in a similar setting
around it, and I agree.