Day 4. Displaced

“Holy Longing” 8×8, oil on canvas

Back in November I was in Baton Rouge visiting my brother and we took a walk in his neighborhood which is in the middle of town, full of big historic homes and beautiful well-kept lawns. When I spotted a fox in someone’s yard, I at first thought it had to be a dog. Then I thought it was a statue of a fox, yard decor. 

But I got closer and it was, unmistakably, an actual fox. They were doing some work on the lakes nearby, dredging the bottom, and the wildlife seemed to have been affected. 

The fox looked out of place next to the large three-story brick house with the row of trimmed crepe myrtles that lined the expansive driveway. A golden retriever was sauntering down the road from the other direction with its owner and the fox stood still, just watching while the dog happily walked by, none the wiser. 

The fox was beautiful and its environment felt tragic. It didn’t belong with the golden retriever or on a pristinely paved road. It was made for something else. Somewhere else. 

The longing for something less tame, that’s what I think spoke to me. 

So here’s day 4. A fox. The suggestion of a halo (do you see it?). A little bit of holy in our longings for the wild.



** I’m doing something a little different this year. I’ll post each painting at (or close to) 10 am each day this month and they will be available for purchase on my site. However, the pieces will not be shipped out or available for pick up until February 26, after the run of the gallery show. 


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Denise Hopkins

January 4, 2024

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