I haven't done too much art in that time, but during the hiatus I did start (and eventually complete) today's painting which is the next in my Paintbox of Horror series. Every Halloween I plan to do one, and often I do do one tho in this case I don't think I finished it until around Easter time. I'd like to complete another 18-20 paintings this year (not to mention some sketchbook work), and more would be... more than welcome.
I have a bunch of other art reboot schemes underway, or under contemplation. Is this all a delayed-onset reaction to the madness that seems to have descended on the world? Maybe it's nothing that deep, but still, I am looking forward to taking a retreat into a world of my own making for at least a few hours a week. [Let's be real, twice a month for re-starters.]
Perhaps the idea of "reset" will soon be shaping larger events -- and we need it after the recent string of violence and mayhem. Case in point: I can't call myself a fan of Ted Nugent (nor most of his body of work), but I have to give him some respect for coming out in public to say that maybe everyone should be dialing things back a notch, starting with himself. Alright man, let's do it.
That's enough of current events for one blog, and I won't unfurl a newsletter-style update of what I did between last July and today. But I may take an interesting highlight or two from those eleven months and weave them into some blog posts down the road. I have been fortunate to be doing some work lately that is very rewarding emotionally.
With that, I guess let's turn back to today's painting, which I like looking at — and not just because it's me. I enjoy the contrast in how, on the one hand, I appear vaguely like an upper echelon member of the Catholic hierarchy. Whereas of course on the other hand I'm a dimestore Beelzebub*. I know many people who would say with emphasis, "you're both". But would they mean figuratively or literally? I've heard solid evidence from both sides of that case.
Besides today's painting, you can see other entries in the Paintbox of Horror series in my historic gallery by using the link up top/left. While we'll have to wait on the next in that series, fear not for I have a bunch of Banshees that I can bring to life for that series, and not to mention some future landscapes from Cape Cod and the great state of Maine. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy!
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*Very literally a "dimestore Beelzebub" owing to the fact I bought those horns at a Woolworths in England many years ago