I just finished a small oil painting, once again returning to a favorite pair of heroes, Gilgamesh and the wild man Enkidu.
And once again returning to their slaying of the hapless Humbaba, poor Humbaba.
oil on canvas
16 by 20 inches
I initially worked with this theme after having read the Mitchell translation of Gilgamesh (some of the sexiest passages around, quite steamy). Initially I worked out a composition based upon a Syrian relief panel from the 10th cent, translating the basalt panel into an intaglio plate.
I’ve enjoyed the progression of this composition, working and reworking trinities. But now I must get back to my OTHER Hero Twin and string my marionettes of them as I want to make a little film. Wish me luck.
Until next time,