The day was spent blocking in two small panels-I’ve discovered the joys of panels and feel it best suits my process. I have a large canvas in the wings, prepped and ready but for today devils and saints.
blocking in St.Kevin & the Blackbird
oil on panel
This is a small panel, only 12 by 12 inches, it is to be of St.Kevin and his blackboard. I’m basing it upon a relief print that I made last year . I’m enjoying my ability to stretch my wings so to speak with color; a sharp contrast to the print.
My second panel, also small, only 18 by 24 inches is inspired by my ongoing fascination with gnostic thought. I haven’t named the painting yet but it will be something to do with the apotheosis of Sophia or gnosis. As usual I’m enjoying playing with little devil fellows.
The symbolism for this painting is based very loosely on an 18th cent print, I’m guessing Masonic in nature. It was wonderfully creepy in that way allegory often is. I need to locate a copy of it, but it entailed a nude women wearing a crenelated crown and holding chains that supported the sun and the moon all while standing upon a skull. I’ve made a few alterations stylistically but I’m happy with her. The snakes further symbols of wisdom. I dreamt of making this painting the other evening and my dream guide was insistent that she stand upon a black cloud. So black it will be.
Well I must run and tend to other aspects of my life ( namely marketing, ugh) but until next time , be well,
5 thoughts on “Blocking in Devils and Saints”
so much here to love!! that print is fantastic, it will be interesting to see how the colors develop it into a wholly different image. i am really fascinated with your new topic, though! and i understand it’s not complete, but already sophia’s face is very intriguing and beautiful, and your placement/wrapping of sun and moon is fantastic!
Thank you Zoe, I’m happy you like Sophia, I’m curious as well as to how she develops.
I’m becoming increasingly interested in gnostic feminism, if that is fair to call it that , but this emphasis on the divine female being as powerful as her brethren.
Interested to hear about your paintings springing from dreams. Occasionally I remember a dream painting and act on it but not very often, sadly. You look like you’re enjoying making these, looking forward to seeing them progress, they’re already looking very powerful, and timeless, they look ancient but very alive
Thank you my friend. I’ve been busy working on drawings for another painting and I’m afraid I have left that painting languishing . Will get back to it next week. But thanks for the boost of confidence . Lg
Phil, I’m not sure if I resounded to your comments; I’ve been daffy lately. Dreams are huge for me , if I believe in anything it is the dreamscape .