How Much Is That Goat on the Wall?

Billy G. Gruff ©Barbara Yates Beasley

Most of the time I’m making art for no other reason than it makes me smile. I also do commissions to make others smile. Then there are the times that a piece of artwork just sings to a total stranger, and I must send it off on a new adventure. It’s like sending off a child to college. You’re happy and sad at the same time.

It’s always interesting to hear what it was in the piece that caught a person’s attention. Curiously, not once has that corresponded to anything that went through my thought process as I worked on the animal. I like that my customers connect with the artwork in ways I never planned.

I’ve also learned little tidbits that I either didn’t know or have long forgotten. Little things like, Three Billy Goats Gruff is a Norwegian fairy tale. I’m sure Billy G. Gruff is going to feel right at home with a fellow Norwegian.

Goodbye, Billy, and happy troll hunting!