Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Sneak Preview! The only thing you can be sure of... death and taxes. How appropriate for those of us in the U.S. right now, even given the reprieve of two extra days before taxes are due.

This image has been brewing in my mind for a long time, struggling to come out. Is it a refined trephining, the practice of drilling holes in the skull to allow spirits to escape (or to relieve pressure that caused headaches), to paint these images? I think so.

I've used acrylic this time, and given it the benefit of the doubt when it comes to fingerpainting. Without adding a retarding medium to slow down its quick-drying nature, it was a challenge to move it around the canvas (it being a canvas panel made it easier, because there was less give in the support), but move it I did. Remove it I did, too, several times (the water solubility of acrylics is something I really need to exploit), until I came up with this image and am now letting it rest.

I owe Basquiat, Tim Biskup, and Odilon Redon for the inspiration.

Now, back to preparing my taxes.

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