The old beat-up car with peeling paint and missing tires along with the beautiful marbles - I found the juxtaposition to be interesting to paint.
Pig in the Middle
5"X7" Oil on board
This little piggy was given to me shortly before a relative of mine passed away, so it is very sentimental to me. I really wanted to paint him and because he is pewter, I thought he could replace the typical jacks we associate so much with marbles, and just be surrounded by the marbles.
5"X7" Oil on Board
What can one say about a pile of rocks other than that everyone should paint some!
Vanitas, the writer
8"X10" Oil on Board
This is a Vanitas painting, in honor of the still life genre that was full of symbols and made famous by the 17th century Dutch masters.
The skull represents human frailty, that we are here only momentarily in the earths timeframe. The butterfly and the bee in the scroll signify hope in the afterlife and the feather means flight of the spirit. The scroll symbolizes the person's good deeds in the hopes his life does not go unnoticed. The ink, inkwell and pen are tools of the persons trade, and the books allude to knowledge. The key is a sign of material things and the marbles bring the timeline of the painting into modern times, as cats eye marbles only started to be manufactured in the 1940's.
Flask 'N' Boot
9"X12" oil on Board
5"x6" Oil on Board
This is a small painting of an antique pencil sharpener, to help sharpen my skills.
In Pursuit of Happiness
12"x12" Oil on Board
This painting represents the conflict we all have about ourselves. The bright clothing that the jovial clown wears on the outside conflicts with the vices that are all around him in an attempt to find happiness on the inside. He is placed lower on the board to signify his diminished state, his head is cracked on the right side of his face depicting his brokenness, and a tear dripping from his face signifies that he is having no luck in his pursuit of finding happiness.