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vulture

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.