Thursday, 26 May 2016

 Scapegoat, etc. 

The scapegoat
40 x 30 cm
Acrylic on Canvas

In the afterglow of painting Kensei's portrait, I couldn't get myself to concentrate on either of the two candy paintings I was working on. So I decided to approach this still life as if it was a portrait, using some of the techniques I 'discovered' while working on Kensei - layering warmer and cooler tones together to create some depth, and leaving the horns quite rough. I went through about 7 varieties for the background before this one (too blue, too light, too muddy, too tupperware) and I'm really glad this one worked, since the canvas is fairly saturated with paint now..
I really struggle to make time to experiment, since I need to make sellable things (blasphemy, I know) but money does make the world go 'round, or in our case, keeps our bellies full. So I think it worked out quite well to do something which allowed me to stretch a little, but not enough to give me the panics.

Scapegoat, detail

Scapegoat, detail

And I'm really happy with how serene he turned out. He sits in my studio, awaiting great things, along with a bunch of other randoms.

In other news, I'll be part of another of Alex Hamilton's Studio group shows, starting next week, called Hoepelpoep, sending off some new works to him tomorrow - I think I'm beginning to like this whole exhibiting thing!

ALSO - and I haven't told anyone about this, so shhhhh - I just did an interview with Christelle Webb-Joubert for RSG (a local afrikaans radio station) which should air next Tuesday, or the week after, will give you guys a heads up when I know! Yay me! 

That's all, happy thursday!