It’s my habit to knock out small things in between big projects. “Lady With Accordion” was physically and mentally challenging and I needed a break. It’s usual to have stiff, tired hands and a slightly bored mind itching to move on after completing a large piece, but this time the effect was particularly noticeable. There was one 8×10 piece of already-primed plywood knocking around the garage which was small enough to give the body a break yet keep the art momentum going. I had already collected an image of Hanuman the Monkey God fighting a green sea monster which had piqued my interest and proceeded from there.
First came the under-painting. I kept the idea of a small figure attacking a huge green one but chose as actors an over-sized alligator and a lady-ninja. The female figure is taken from an old Chinese calendar and the alligator is a mash-up of scientific illustrations from the web and my own imagination. The layout came together only after the addition of webbed claws. The resulting design, a large “X,” is one I gravitate to often without really meaning to.
Here is the final painting.
All the color choices were easy except for the lady’s outfit. Finding something to stand out from the red but not too much was a visual problem. All paintings come down to problem-solving in the end, so nothing new here.
The next project is unusually large for me, 30″x36,” and I’m a little afraid of it. I like to work hard but the amount of labor which lies ahead is considerable. One of the advantages of not being well-known is freedom to do whatever I like, a condition I highly prize. To keep it, there’s nothing for it but to breathe in and keep on working.
Another gift from the art gods appeared on the curb last night: a large, brand-new frame free for the taking. Even after an interminable round of rejections, this seems like a whisper in the ear to not lose heart. Thanks, Mr. art-broker guy.