Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Mice and art

There really isn't a connection unless you consider that both are found everywhere. Even here in a blog.

But although I don't like the thought of mice running with wild abandon through the house, I do like their form with tiny faces and delicate feet. Yes, yes, they harbour disease and germs and bubonic plague you say...no wait, that was rats. (they, I don't like much)

The barn is the ultimate Disneyland vacation world for mice. Warmed by animals and poultry. Hay and sawdust to make nests with and lots of grain and feed that chickens or horses spill. Horses aren't a danger to mice, in fact they're quite scared of them and at times won't go into their stall if they've seen a mouse scutter past. Can't blame them really, I wouldn't want one in my bed either. The chickens and ducks are another story altogether. They will chase down, kill and eat mice. Traps keep mice at bay to lessen risk of disease and keep the population at bay. The trappings are then tossed as a peace offering to the crows - a sort of pact with them not to get me out of bed at 5 am in the summer with their 'melodious' songs.

An overpopulation of mice in the barn was the inspiration of this drawing. And just as the barn houses more inevitably, so does my head and hand so this little guy is for sale. The drawing measues 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. Rendered in graphite on Bristol smooth and framed in black with white corrugated matting rimmed in black.

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