Art By Ree

Art by Ree Bachmeier, specializing in quality art since 1982.

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Location: Hermosa, South Dakota, United States

Daily Paintings and thoughts that have very little consequence in life.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

In The Outfield

"In The Outfield" Penguin and Baseball Original Painting. Acrylic on 140 lb. Canson paper. Framed under glass.
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This little penguin has confused a baseball for an egg. Or perhaps he is just a great outfielder?

I'm not sure where I get my ideas for Penguin paintings. They haunt me, I see a landscape, and I visualize a penguin standing there. Not sure why.

In 1998 I started painting penguins. For the next several years, that is about all I painted. But they were not the usual penguins in a stark, barren South Pole landscape. My penguins liked to travel, they could be found on a foggy London street, visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or just hanging out in front of the TV.

I received several commission pieces in 2001, and was shocked when the buyers didn't want a penguin standing next to their favorite pet/landscape/portrait-of-granny. So I drifted away from the penguins. I abandoned them. I feel so ashamed.

And now, 2006 they have returned to my easel. I am again seeing them everywhere I look. Sitting on a bench at a bus-stop, taking a stroll down a country lane, waiting in queue at the 7-11.

Welcome back, penguins.


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