Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Bit Battered, but Lively

Jack O'Lantern. Acrylic on old book cover, 5" x 7". Private collection.

Sort of a prize-fighter pumpkin, this guy's face has some character.
The piece got misplaced for a few years.  After searching and giving up, I came across it at the bottom of the Halloween-decoration box in the store room.

 A total experiment with light, this was painted on a canvas-y, and very grimy cover of a book that fell apart. Playing around often yields the best result--in this case the piece was painted direct, without a prelim sketch or a pencil drawing.  When the surface doesn't cost much, this artist feels more free to just jump in. 

(I was reading a book about the draft riots in New York at the time, so maybe the personality came from that.)

Thanks, as always, for reading!

1 comment:

  1. Oh! New York riots inspired you!...
    I love the effects obtained!


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