The Seductive Goddess Of Ephemeral Consumerism #2
So I did a loose rough sketch last month: /s/didit/comments/69gw/the_seductive_goddess_of_ephemeral_consumerism_a/
This month I did another cleaner sketch, this time with an eraser on hand and directly on a 8"x10" canvas (wrapped around a board, bought at Walmart). I discovered I like doing sketches on canvas much more than paper.
https://infogalactic.com/info/File:The_Seductive_Goddess_Of_Ephemeral_Consumerism_-_Sketch_On_Canvas_2_-_DSC03831.JPG < [Click the link to go to the page.]
The wings still seem awkward to me. I happened to take an earlier photo, with an awkward left leg, hands too big, and symmetrical wings that weren't working for me. Just FYI, if you want to see the development.
https://infogalactic.com/info/File:The_Seductive_Goddess_Of_Ephemeral_Consumerism_-_Sketch_On_Canvas_1_-_DSC03795.JPG < [Click the link to go to the page.]
I drew the radial lines to add rays. I did one circle to make it more of a halo and/or graphic element, then thought about adding more circles an inch apart. This checkerboard pattern was a neat discovery (I play chess with my neighbour for whom this painting is likely for, the guy I gave the other sketch to), but I'm not sure it's the best option. My neighbour Al wants it simple with no background, and I said it would be like a pinup girl.
I'm not against making a pinup girl, but that's not what this imagery is about. In the other sketch I had clouds and rays. I'm now considering mountains, a banner, swirling fire or swirling fabric, or other elements. I'm not sure yet. Suggestions very welcome. I'm happy to use esoteric symbolism, but not religious or Illuminati stuff. I'm trying to develop a new painting "vocabulary".
A great example of an excellent painter who has established his own esoteric "vocabulary" of themes is Mark Ryden. He often uses images of cutsie girls (perhaps pedo-like obsessed), meat, bee hives, Abraham Lincoln, lambs, bunnies, stripes, baroque acanthus frames, etc.
Unlike Ryden, I don't want to waste time on details and backgrounds. I want purpose and meaning or something visually dynamic and/or challenging. Whatever happens with this small 8"x10" need not be the final idea I would apply to a larger painting (2'x3' or so) I intend to do eventually, and I may do several small rough paintings to work it out.
I'm also working on another painted girl inspired by the Roy Lichtenstein pop art style. He was famous for his comic strip inspired girls who said things like "Jeff!" and "Oh Brad!"
I looking for ideas to put in the background and/or in a speech bubble.
Sketch: https://infogalactic.com/info/File:Litch_Lady_03.jpg < [Click the link to go to the page.]
Painting in progress: https://infogalactic.com/info/File:Litch_Lady_10.jpg < [Click the link to go to the page.]
I plan to do several paintings in several styles and then do an auction to raise funds for SaidIt, WikiSpooks, and of course me. I have a list of ideas, but I'm always looking for more. PLEASE feel free to suggest ideas you'd like to see painted. The better it is (subjectively of course) the more likely I'll employ it.
The other day I had the idea of doing a classical-styled painting like a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Descent_from_the_Cross except I'd replace the body of Christ with a giant hypodermic COVID-19 vaccine. I give this idea a 5/10 - not good, not bad - a lot of work for meh. Plus I know I wouldn't like the religious stuff, just like I hated directing an anti-war animation in 2005 because it had so much military shit in it.
All feedback welcome, good, bad, and ugly. I can't improve it if I don't know what needs work.