Given that Holy Week has just passed, I feel that Limbo is a good metaphor for how I am feeling.
Like the Savior I have been spending the last few days in the land of uncertainty. This current painting has been a struggle, as I mentioned acrylic is challenging for me, it puts me on edge. Rather pitiful to be so easily emotionally influenced- by a little tube of pretty color.
Last evening, in the wee hours, the painting began to make sense, today I will begin in oil, the underpainting is complete, at least for my needs.
Good Friday was spent in the studio, I am not traditionally religious, but I am culturally Roman Catholic. Good Friday is my favorite holy day, the reflective quality of the day suits my temperament . I spent the day drawing Christ upon the cross. My pagan maquette of the Maize God serving as inspiration, I love how his neck looks so broken and defeated , the 3 pm moment.
The following are images of the painting thus far, as mentioned this is the underpainting stage.
The following is a detail of the underworld princess Xquic gazing upon the Maize God, Hun Hunahpu.
I like the demon.
The inspiration for the Gate of Hell is from the Parco die Mostri, for more info follow this link.
That is the progress so far, will begin painting very soon – after the breakfast dishes are tended to.
Take care, and thank you for all the kind words of support.
4 thoughts on “Stuck in Limbo”
I’m intrigued by your talent for rendering figures, especially the males, that are very sensual yet not erotic.
Thank you, I often feel so clumsy, I appreciate the kind words. I do work at keeping them sensual but not overly charged-I am at times concerned I cross the line.
Thank you yourself, for sharing your remarkable and powerful talent and work, and your wide-ranging and fascinating scope of knowledge, in such a generous and self-effacing way. Your blog really is a feast.
That is very kind.
I am cobbling together a post on my much neglected blog Babylon Baroque. The topic is Hell Mouths, the diverse manifestations found around the globe. Should be up soon.
Again, thank you for the kind words, yesterday was a good painting day!