Gertie the Mule
Gertie the Mule
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.
Gertie is a mammoth mule with huge chill ears she uses to express her moods. And in the background a colourful version of the Alvarez Ranch buildings in Phil's Pleine Air Style. Gertie has a great fondness for looking deep into your eyes from her great height and then tickling you with her whiskers. Her snuffle is quite the experience. The couple that bought the original painting were also a wonderful experience. They each had a T-shirt on that perfectly complimented the painting when they purchased her for their art home.