"Someday You" - acrylic, charcoal and oil pastel on cradled wood panel, 8" x 8" x .75". Ready to hang (sides are painted; no need to frame. Hanging wire is attached). Available here and at Artfinder.
Someday you, what is left of you, will be flensed of this marriage.
Angular wristbone's arthritis, cracked harp of ribcage, blunt of heel, opened bowl of the skull, twin platters of pelvis-- each of you will leave me behind, at last serene. - from "My Skeleton" by Jane Hirshfield
I'm like a dog with a bone.
Or rather, my dog with my bones. Which he was, while I was off hiking. He climbed up on the table, grabbed a few choice pieces (bird pelvis, elk hoof, deer femur, vertebrae) and had himself a feast while I was away. Sigh. I can't blame him. It was there.
Things come and things go.
And Hirshfield's words, as I contemplate bone and legacy and life, are a perfect fit.
the artist learning to see
About the art: inspired by a deer pelvis found by my partner on one of our hikes, this painting used a notanized bone photo (left) as a jumping off point for an abstract. The organic shapes, curves and hard lines of form and shadow hint at, but do not tell, the whole story when combined and colored and texturized, allowing the viewer to fill in and interpret.
The requisite 80 million layers of paint, applied with brush and fingers, transformed with water and squeegee and paper towel. Finished with a hint of charcoal and vibrant oil pastel.