With this new painting, I thought I would document a bit of the process along the way! Below on the left, you can see the first "sgraffito" technique of scratching lines into a base of wet white paint.
It was at the stage on the above right that I decided the positioning of the hands did not convey the theme to my liking - the theme of a figure using all his strength to break an unbreakable object. I decided some drastic change in position was in order.
With the hands better positioned to convey might and effort, I was able to put the finishing touches on: Hercules breaking the bonds of Prometheus, latex and acrylic paint on canvas, 36 x 48", 2016
My ongoing "Quirks of Inspiration" series (previous posts here & here) aims to feature one of my recent pieces and note the (usually unintentional) connections to a famous work that I greatly admire. Below is another example: 2013 latex figure painting Capaneus scaling the Theban walls. I set out to capture the posture of a figure pulling itself up. The title came afterward - referencing the character from Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes.
Capaneus scaling the Theban walls, latex paint on canvas, 47" x 25" (diptych), 2013, private collection, West Bloomfield, MI
Once the painting was done, I noted the position of the arms, the tilt of the head and torso. It struck me that the placement of these features was similar in spirit to the ones in Egon Schiele's self portrait as St. Sebastian.
Egon Schiele, Self Portrait as St. Sebastian, pencil on paper, 12.7" x 19", 1914
I've always loved this drawing and the similar painting Schiele made for a Galerie Arnot exhibition in 1915. Its easy to see how they could make such a lasting impression on my work.
Egon Schiele, Self Portrait as St. Sebastian (poster), gouache, black crayon and ink on cardboard, 19.6" x 26", 1915
Ephialtes, latex paint on canvas, 43" x 55", 2014
Man with pink shape, latex paint and cut paper on canvas, 17" x 20", 2014
Drawing 257, charcoal and pastel on paper, 9" x 12", 2014
Drawing 258, charcoal and pastel on paper, 11" x 14", 2014
Drawing 259, charcoal and pastel on paper, 11" x 14", 2014
Drawing 260, conte on paper, 9" x 12", 2014