Bunny the Smokin Goat

Palomino Eyed - Photo by Anastasia Nelson

Smokin Goat

Part of a collaborative series of Barnyard Animals Paintings created with artist Phil Dynan.  We have been passing paintings back and forth for more than 15 years of collaborative projects.  Including many years of San Francisco Marathon Poster designs, Tahoe Marathon, Tucson Marathon, San Diego Marathon, California International Marathon, and many more running events.  Plus we have collaborated on many series of paintings, plus book publications and so much more from our productive artistic partnership.  When we collaborate we come up with ideas on the ideas and I find that it is not a sum of the artistic minds, but a multiplication in which our delight and drive to create is amplified.

The Animal Barnyard series is one of the most fun series and most widely received with genuine delight that we have ever worked on.  And it is also one of the series that most incorporates our favourite styles to work in.  And it happened that this series originated with our love of animals.  Every animal is the series is known to us somehow.  They are generally rescues, special pets and friends creatures. 

Bunny was a rescue, after she had been abandoned we took care of her and her companions.  Now she is immortalised, Bunny the Smoking Goat, is a prescription filler for the health benefits of humour and connection with our fellow beings.  And no we don't let her take cigarettes from visitors anymore, she got to jittery and the addicted friends were not amused and got rather jittery themselves.

Bunny had a taste for taking cigarettes whenever she got the opportunity.  We said, if she could she would probably light them, not being the brightest bunny in the field.  So after taking a pack from a convertible exploration she got pictured lit up like some people prefer.  So should any of us?  It is never to late to make a fresh break.  But Bunny would still be behind the barn taking a breather by choice.  Would she ever learn to take a break sans cigarette?

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