Not Yo Poppa's Penguins

OK… I might need to hire someone to come up with blog post titles for me.  This one is a stretch.  The painting is of penguins… but they’re abstract… so I was thinking of Mr. Popper’s Penguins… and also that phrase “Not Yo Mama’s _____”… what do you think?  Does it work?  Hmm, let’s move on…

This project was so much fun!  The parameters were perfectly challenging and the painting was playful and looks GREAT – check it out!


This bedroom needed an impactful piece of artwork for the wall.   Here is a photo of the bedroom and the existing color scheme:


The bedroom is at the end of a long hallway, so the piece of art would be seen from down the hall.  It needed to have lots of colors and look abstract, at least from far away.


Knowing the occupant of this bedroom, I was aware of her love – nay – her passion for penguins.  This girl goes to a zoo and corrects the caretakers about the lives of the penguins.  It’s an interest she’s harbored her entire life, so I thought penguins would make a safe subject for this piece.


I loved the client’s color palette – it was warm and rich, a bit fall-ish but still happy.  They allowed me to keep a pillow from the bedroom while I worked in the studio, so I could keep some color tones fresh in my mind.

penguin colors

Up close, you can see that this piece is full of loosely rendered penguins with multicolored bellies.  They look playful and social and busy – sort of like the recipient of this piece!  But from afar, the piece provides a bright field of color that attracts your eye in both the room and down the hallway.