Friday, July 11th, 2008 Archives

I’ve posted pictures of some of my paintings onto my new gallery website named “The Gilded Raven Gallery”. I’ll gradually improve the design and the amount of material posted there.

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I removed the Luther tattoo I put on yesterday, reworking it completely, and I’m far more satisfied with the results now. I also cleaned up some irritating details: a missing finger here, and poorly executed axe head there. I added a cut on the Centurian’s naked left breast, and a small tattoo on a guy’s neck.

I’m planning to send the painting on a tour of progressive Lutheran Churches in California in Easter of 2009. I think it’s ironic that mainstream churches won’t touch it because of the nude Christ and thieves, yet this is directly out of the biblical account. I haven’t worked out the details yet, but I’m thinking that it will go to a different church each week.

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I shot photos this morning for the painting, which actually wasn’t as tough as I thought it would be, because I can make the angle more extreme simply by rotating the image a little. My model Jen did a great job, and posed for another painting that I’ve got in mind holding a red hot bowl. It’s an image based on alchemical calcination, which is the process of reducing organic material to ash. I haven’t entirely figured out the composition yet, but I know the central figure is surrounded by admirers and participants in the transformation.

 

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