I completed another skull and got half way through the next this afternoon, leaving twenty one to go. This is epic skull painting! I enjoyed having Terry Spehar Fahey’s company in the studio this afternoon, she’s working on a painting about birth and fertility while I’m working on all this death imagery – quite a contrast – although painting the angel of death at Halloween seems singularly appropriate!

The skulls are getting easier by repetition, and the teeth, which of course are the trickiest part, are becoming less challenging. I’m enjoying the chocolate tones of the brown, but I’m already contemplating how colour will work in the later stages of the painting. I’m interested in the blue-green shimmer of the feathers of ravens and crows, and the iridescence of peacocks.

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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