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There are two aspects of painting which hold a particular interest to me. The first are the qualities of the different colours, individually and in balance with each other. Colour itself is a reason to paint. The second aspect is form, in this case, the form of a creature, be it cat, crow or rat, and how that form speaks of the subject's inner nature. The colour black is an interesting one with which to express this form. It is an impenetrable colour, both mysterious and protecting.

-- Gwendolyn Best


Gwendolyn Best
Jan 05, 2011

Rats! What can one say about rats? Are they a true "underdog" in our urban animal kingdom?
Some consider them a disease-ridden pest, but are they not also keen, intelligent animals whose qualities are ennobled in the Chinese calendar? Only 11 earthly animals were chosen to represent the calendar year and one of them was the rat.

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