Miss Moon Was A Dog Governess. Lesson Nineteen: Be A Good Sport. Life Is More Fun When You Get Your Hair Wet. Oil on canvas, 11″x14″. Sold.
I think there is some subtext to this painting. At first glance, it appears that Miss Moon is conveying this particular lesson to the three fancy dogs standing on the boat with her. However, if you look closer….and I mean much closer, you can see Miss Moon’s eyes are staring directly at Mr. Bitters. He is properly attired for swimming (minus bow-tie) and he is actually ‘on’ the water, but he is not exactly in it- is he? I think he’s hoping that Miss Moon will consider this to be close enough, but we know it isn’t. Also, notice how he is always wearing orange and red? I suspect this is a reference Miss Moon’s lovely red hair.