I’ve been toying with the idea of expressing the trinity still further by painting the yin yang onto the hermit’s circle, resulting in this present appearance, which I’m quite partial to. The yin yang has become as ubiquitous as a smiley face, so I was concerned that it would be a bit cheesy, but I think it works well in this context.
The yin yang is often thought of as a symbol of duality, which is an oversimplification. The symbol clearly illustrates how dualities inevitably merge into each other within a greater context. It’s created by scribing two half circles within a larger circle, bringing it into line with the Pythagorean concept of trinity as an instantaneous product of duality. It really is a poetic symbol.
I worked on the lamp, coins, knife and grail, bringing them into a state of readiness for my next effort. I almost got to the sky again, but I’ll have to get to it next time.
I painted the knife as a lock knife again, as I did in the Fama painting. I reallly like these knives and use one regularly in my daily life. As an object for painting, I think they’re great, a nice mix of wood and metal.
The lantern is modeled after one I’ve had in the garage for fifteen years. It’s a British coal mining lantern that runs on paraffin (called kerosene in the States).