Tag Archives: Aesop

Slow Rider

Slow Rider

7 1/2″ x 10 1/2″  Slow Rider is an assemblage carrying on my series of fairy tale and fable pieces. The Tortoise and the Hare is an Aesop fable that has been retold many times. Here, the hare hitches a sleepy ride atop the tortoise.

Slow Rider

The pair trudge through the forest, complete with trees created from moss and sewing pattern paper. The wooden box is lined with bits of an antique childrens’ book, complete with a wonderful illustration of the story.

Slow Rider tree detail

One of my favorite parts of this piece is how the found objects came to me. The stoneware tortoise was found at a Goodwill and I tried to think of how I would create the hare. Some weeks later I had the urge to go to another Goodwill, went straight back to the housewares section and found the sleeping rabbit on the shelf. It was kismet.

Slow Rider

Slow Rider

The tortoise seems happy enough to carry the load to the finish line.

By Heather Brush. For sale.


Envy is a Green Eyed Fox

Envy is a Green Eyed Fox

6″ x  6″  Envy is a Green Eyed Fox is a shadowbox assemblage, in simple depiction of the Aesop fable The Fox and the Grapes. The background is oil pastel on watercolor paper, blended with linseed oil. The fox is ink and acrylic on heavy duty drawing paper. The bunch of grapes is an antique glass salt shaker.

Fox detail

Fox top view

The fable, printed on vintage paper, affixed to the top of the shadowbox. The piece can be hung on the wall of stands alone.

Envy is a Green Eyed Fox is part of a series of works I am doing on fables and fairy tales. By Heather Brush.

Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness

SOLD! 10″ x 10″   Acts of Kindness is a collage on box canvas with found items,  depicting Aesop’s fable of The Lion and the Mouse.

A lion was awakened from sleep by a mouse running over his face. Rising up angrily, he caught him and was about to eat him, when the mouse piteously entreated, saying:  “If you would spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness.” The lion laughed and let him go.

It happened shortly after this that the lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by strong ropes to the ground. The mouse, recognizing his roar, came and gnawed the rope with his teeth and set him free, exclaiming “You ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, not expecting to receive from me any repayment of your favor; now you know that it is possible for even a mouse to con benefits on a lion.”

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Acts of Kindness

Detail of mouse (part of an antique metal wind up toy) on book cover.

Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness is part of a series I am doing on fables and fairy tales.

By Heather Brush.