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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Maria Callas

I made a painting of the drawing from my sketchbook. I listen to Callas every day, and still can’t seem to get enough of her. It is wonderful to have this amazingly passionate soundtrack, even while performing mundane tasks. The animals like it as well.

Can you spot the ornate name tag?

After seeing I am Love

oil on canvas board, 12 x 16"

I really liked the movie, I am Love, and was almost equally impressed with the size of Tilda Swinton’s neck. So my lover is up high with the planets and stars, deeply in love. The elephant, below, can’t be reigned in. And that is how love should be, right? Nice too, how the movie equated unbridled passion, and its’ inherent freedom(s) with lesbianism. And, of course, when you fall in love, you have to kill someone. Though, most often, it is yourself.

Good and evil

ink, acrylic, oil on paper mounted on board; 28 x 20"

Another inscrutable painting; started with ink, the board being horizontal. I drew images from books on hunting, women, and other artists (esp. Titian), then turned the board vertically; painted a Buddha of loving kindness crushing uncontrollable emotions in the form of elephants. She has a vulture and a lynx as her consorts: I wanted her to have some powerful animals on her side. We are faced with good and evil and engaged in negotiating between the two so often, so having one painting for each didn’t make too much sense. Each being entwined within us–we can’t separate the two. The friction they create as they push up against each other creates a sort of painting, or something approximating beauty.