Fox & Grapes

A buddy of mine, Haddie, loves everything about foxes. Her love for the beautiful, red creatures inspired me to make a painting. The subject of my painting was based on an Aesop's fable, The Fox and the Grapes. The story is short and sweet: One hot summer's day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had been trained over a lofty branch. "Just the thing to quench my thirst," quoth he. Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success. Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up, and walked away with his nose in the air, saying: "I am sure they are sour."

Below are shots of the process and details of the finished piece.

Be sure to check out The Frequency, a podcast on the 5by5 network that Haddie co-hosts.

The Fox and the Grapes