I began painting the ivy in the Aviator’s Dream at last. I’ve been putting it off for so long now that it was getting silly and I really have no good reason for not wanting to do the foliage. I put down the first layer of greens over the dark background I had already painted, then added some very rough highlights and medium greens to the rough leafy shapes.
The reason I became inspired to do the work was that I had some of the transparent iron oxide left over from the CrucifixionÂ (that lovely orange colour on the moon)Â and realized that it would be great in the sky of the Aviator’s Dream painting, reminiscent of the New York sky after 911. Â Having started it seemed like I might as well keep going.
I’ve allowed the ivy to creep over Amelia’s feet a little, as if she’s been sitting there for a long time, caught in the nightmare. There’s something about the missing Amelia, Icarus, Daedalus and 911 going on here that connects together in the dreamworld. Time for a little Jungian assistance, perhaps.