“The Feeder” – Indian Quote Painting

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Finished Work, Gallery Shows, Oil Painting | 0 comments

“The Feeder” – Indian Quote Painting

Ah, my first painting post. It feels good to finally get to this point!

“The Feeder” was actually the first painting I started and finished for the show as well. The concept was made before I had an interview with the gallery, amongst all my scribbled notes and research I had done thinking about what sort of theme I would want if I got the show.




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I was running with a theme about the nature of good and evil inside of us. I personally felt I had all these shining qualities but it didn’t stop some real nasty bits coming out now and again. The “bad part”, my lesser self was always there. So when I read the following quote it really stuck with me:


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“Inside of me there are two dogs. One is mean and evil and the other is good and they fight each other all the time. When asked which one wins I answer, the one I feed the most.” – Sitting Bull


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It was a Native American who spoke those words and I found they hit the mark. So the painting “The Feeder” was born – not with dogs but with birds. It is your guess which bird she is feeding, the good or the bad 😉

“The Feeder” is a personal introspection piece, delving into a pondering question I believe we all feel from time to time. Am I nourishing the best aspects of me? Am I good or am I evil, am I one and the same? And how do I get the best side to win?


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I think it was the perfect painting to start off this project with. It encompassed the nagging thought which turned into this collection and turned into a journey. One of which I wanted everyone to follow, read and also perhaps start to wonder as well…. 😉

“The Feeder” is 40 x 55 cm, oil on masonite (16 x 22 inches) and will be on view at Slice of Life Gallery in Malmö from May 14th to 22nd 2015.


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