While my work was hanging at True Grounds, no painting elicited more emails and phone calls than this one. Some were very touching, even (and I so appreciated them!).
As I wrote when I first started Blue, he is a big, mushy explosion of joy. While I was painting him, I was hoping that that sense of joy would translate through the brush… through the paint. Based on the response I got, I think it did. Although there were portraits that I felt were as good or better, their expressions were more somber. Most people who contacted me talked about Blue, and it just goes to show that no matter how crazy we get, people are still drawn to joy. Thank you, Blue.
And, yes, he really is cross-eyed. It’s part of his charm.