The Lady and the Humble Fox (print, unmounted/mounted options)
25 40 £25.00 - £40.00
A Heartland Watercolours original, The Lady and the Humble Fox is available as a high-quality giclee print on 300gsm fine art paper. You can buy this design unmounted or mounted.
- The UNMOUNTED PRINT measures 356 x 280mm and includes the image at 295 x 205mm plus its white surround (white border not shown to scale).
- The MOUNTED PRINT uses high-quality Antique White mountboard. This single-mounted print is perfect for a 500 x 400mm frame of your choice.
The Lady and the Humble Fox is certainly the simplest painting I've presented here and yet it has possibly the most personal significance for me. Firstly, when I started the painting, I had no idea that this image would be what we'd end up seeing. All I knew was that I was drawing a flower to start me off. Then I added a face to the flower, then some patterns around the petals. Then this wonderful lady started to appear instead of the stem and the leaves you'd normally expect. I went with the flow, which is to a great extent what my art is about these days, developing the patterns and layers of her dress, giving her some substance, making her look lovely. Then the humble fox appeared in the corner. Don't ask me why ... he just seemed to belong there. I kept the background very simple so that we concentrate on the lady and the humble fox. I want you to enjoy the story, whatever it means to you. Two more reasons why this picture is so important to me ... One is that this lady is exactly the sort of person who inhabits Heartland. I kind of knew this is what they'd look like, but without knowing that in advance. And, secondly, this lady has emerged from somewhere deep within me. I know her because when I was little, my mum, who was Austrian, and an expert storyteller, would treat me over and over again, in wondrous detail, to all her favourite fairy tales from her childhood, as well as all the real stories of her childhood in Austria in very different times. I knew so well all the people she'd known, helped by the fact that she drew them for me in little notebooks and on bits of paper. And now ... you know what? ... here's another thing that's just emerged from somewhere inside me while writing this and looking again at my painting: I've realised, in this cosy, comfy, round, wonderful lady smiling so kindly at the humble fox, I might unconsciously have painted my mum looking at me. And that just became my top reason for loving this picture.