6x6 oil on panel, black floater frame
I looooved Yukon Cornelius when I was little. He was the original bearded hipster (I bet he loves craft beer … me too!). But I especially loved his pack of dogs. Man, I love dogs. *sigh* Someone should do a spin-off that features Yukon and his dogs … just going on doggy adventures ... chasing squirrels … tinkling on things. I’d watch that holiday show Every. Damn. Year.
Remember that scene where Yukon licks his axe to “test” for gold? While I’m more than willing to suspend my disbelief a bit for an Island of talking misfit toys, I find it harder to believe that Yukon’s tongue didn’t stick to a metal axe at the North Pole. We’ve all seen “A Christmas Story”. Other than that flaw in the writing, this was possibly the best of all the Rankin Bass stop motion specials.
Day 3 of 25 paintings in December 2021
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