First painting of 2013. Moose on a Cart. I always research the animals I draw - their habitat, characteristics, etc. but I wanted to research in a different way for this painting...a hippie way. What is the symbolic nature of a dang moose? If you haven't googled moose symbolism lately you'd be surprised at the large amount of info out there on the subject. Courage, determination, and self-esteem are mentioned a lot as is being a contradictory animal - they are awkward yet graceful. The phrase that spoke to me the most and what I felt when I painted this is...strength found in gentleness. I like that. Strength found in gentleness.
Moose on a Cart, oil on wood, 16"x12", 2013