five for dinner

I have met some really interesting people working and frequenting cafes over the years. I met my friend Chris at a friend's small cafe that unfortunately no longer exists. Chris frequents the cafe where I work. He's invited me and my husband over to his place for the loveliest group dinners, punctuated by tipsy and hilarious rounds of Cards Against Humanity. We go to the same yoga studio. He's passionate about many things and you can read about them here on his blog: eatingisthehardpart

 We even had the good fortune of being in London, U.K. at the same time a few years ago, so we got to explore a bit of the city together and go for dinner.

In celebration of Chris's love of eating  nose-to-tail and trying all of the food things, he commissioned me to paint a series of anthropomorphized animals.

These are animals he has, in fact, eaten.

camel, mixed media on wood panel, 8x8, 2016

camel, mixed media on wood panel, 8x8, 2016

musk ox, mixed media on wood panel, 8x8, 2016

musk ox, mixed media on wood panel, 8x8, 2016

Canada goose, mixed media on wood panel, 8x8, 2016

Canada goose, mixed media on wood panel, 8x8, 2016

beaver, mixed media on wood panel, 8x8, 2016

beaver, mixed media on wood panel, 8x8, 2016

kangaroo, mixed meds on wood panel, 8x8, 2016

kangaroo, mixed meds on wood panel, 8x8, 2016

I've nicknamed this series  'I had you for dinner, once'. I'm very grateful for the support of my friends, and that our interests can mix together in such surprising and interesting ways. I tried to incorporate some of his other interests in the animal portraits, like the beaver wearing a cycling jersey. There will be more added to the series later on. He's eaten a lot of things. This could get a lot sillier. Let's hope so.