Friday, May 22, 2015

My new painting in my new series

I started this painting silent film male clowns. I was holding a painting and heading towards art class. I heard a guy say "paint more females." It annoyed me, but it gave me a challenge. The whole Eye of God series was mostly male subjects in a spiritual journey. Women are the solitary subjects here.
The girls are silly, they are like male women, think Freddy Munster with eyelashes.

The painting Watson and the Shark was my inspiration.. In this painting there are two different contrasting elements, one being the traditional painting style and the other the painting of the whale. The first time I saw it at a museum it was like seeing Jaws come out of a Jacques Louis David painting.
In this painting I wanted that effect. There is always the ideal spiritual life, one with green hills, suns and white clouds. Spirituality and religion is not that pretty. In the background are people being tar and feathered. Mormons were tar and feathered in the past for their beliefs. I also wanted to have the figures be like snakes. They circle the figure like the sculpture Laoccon. I imagine that people tar and feathered look supernatural and eerie.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

New series

I am bored with my Battle of Heliaman. Need to multitask. Starting a new series. This is the face worked in!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Collaboration between Preacher Thirtysix and me

I did the landscape. He did the figures. I hope to do more collaborative projects with other artists in the future. It was a fun and unpredictable artistic experience!.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Eye of God Artwork

The Eye of God represents the heavenly force that is watching over us. In viewing this series I want the viewer to not think of the hell and brimstone idea of God, but one of celebration and merriment. The symbol for the Eye of God can be seen in Persian and Egyptian art. These eyes are forceful, majestic and royal. The black outline of the eye has a very prominent and firm presence.
Despite his omniscience and omnipotent power, I believe God has a sense of humor. Figures in these paintings are either working hard or being silly. The dichotomy of such an existence makes me think of good-hearted pranks between college fraternity or sorority students who are serious about their education.
As a person raised in the Mormon church I grew up learning that all people existed before we were born. My whole life I’ve wondered how we would have been if we were babies living in the presence of God. I imagine spirit babies as free and youthful beings running around their celestial world. I think of God as a kind of big spirit baby among the children. In the series God is a jolly, slightly pudgy figure with a warm, inviting grin on his face. 
I want people to view spirituality as a positive and fun experience. I invite you to join me in this joyful exhibition about our Creator.

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