I have switched gears just a bit, focusing on the Greek underworld of Hades instead of the Mesoamerican Xibalba.
It is most likely only a temporary distraction prompted by our having recently purchasing a beta fish which we named Orpheus. He is a handsome fellow blue, pink and red and he inspired the palette a bit.
This latest watercolor (on paper , 18 by 24 inches) depicts that moment when Orpheus is so very close to his goal, fleeing with fair Euryidice to the land of the living,alas he loses nerve,looks back and all is lost. It is a horrible story, made gorgeous by Gluck and countless visual artists.
Once again I try my hand at entering the visual conversation; once again I’m not sure what to think of the result.
My very dear friend Ken came to visit me this week, driving from LA to this underworld called San Diego. He felt I was depressed, for multiple reasons, but most particularly for my latest series of paintings. I’m not sure if I am depressed, but I do feel as if I am in a state of transition, a limbo not unlike that of Euryidice.
Difference being my limbo will most likely pass.
Doubt is imagined as a withered blue crone.
The following is a detail of the demon(ess).
The following is a detail of Mercury, reminding Eurydice she must return. I had forgotten Mercury was part of the narrative, happy he is as he is always one of the hottest gods around.
As I mentioned I was inspired by my beta fish for some of the coloring; but as I found myself painting the vegetation of Hades it began to resemble the Magic Rocks of my childhood. Those odd little bits of childish chemistry had somehow sizzled upon my decidedly unscientific little brain. Here they are popping out of the crevices of the underworld.
Although I had wanted to avoid hellfire, I hadn’t realized Magic Rocks came from Hell.
If interested and if you have 59 seconds to spare, follow this link for a video clip of Magic Rocks in action,
Well I must go, it is Memorial Day weekend, a big deal in that David takes off for any holiday he can. So I must prepare.