Happy new year! 💛✨ Happy to have this painting in the Federation Gallery's Works on Paper exhibition, running from Jan. 22 to Feb. 3. Visit the gallery at 1241 Cartwright on Granville Island. Bio link for details ⬆️ "Gaia" 16x16" Oil and cold wax on paper, mounted on wood panel @federationgallery Painted from a live model, this woman's generous spirit and reclining pose inspired me to envision Gaia, the Earth goddess, reclining upon the earth ✨ #figurativeart#paintingfromlife#contemporarypainting#vancouverart
I painted this about General Custer, who was has a pretty good reputation to most people who have heard of him. If you just skim through his history, you will find an overly confident, incompetent leader who gained lots of recognition from his attitude and attire. As his first campaign as Cavalry commander during the “American Indian Wars” starts, he was quickly defeated. His body was left unrecognizable as human and never identified. When the rest of the Calvary came across the Battle of The Little Big Horn, they wondered why all the slaughtered buffalo remains where found at the battle site. Upon further investigation, they would notice they were the entrails if their fellow soldiers. Crazy Horse and company DESTROYED them and did horribly his things to their bodies... People ask me if I ever mess up the filming of these... I do. And yes, I have to repaint them. And yes, it sucks. I messed this one up and had to repaint it. Below the what camera captures, the scrapeaway reveals arrows in his body and his trigger finger cut off (a customary parting gift from the Plains tribes).