I’m happy to have a work in this show up at the Secret Gallery in Astoria, OR. The gallerists were joking about how ‘yellow fever’ sounds like ‘jello fever’ with an Italian accent and so the idea was born – a show of Caravaggio-inspired food still lives!
Unfortunately I suffer from migraines, and until recently there was no medication made just for that. I tried everything from Anti-seizure meds to taking all the old fillings out my teeth, but nothing helped. Here’s a still life of some of the things that didn’t work, done using Caravaggio’s painting techniques. These items probably wouldn’t have cured Jello Fever either.
Medusa sketch, 12×16,” oil on gold leaf canvas, 2019 As the story goes, Medusa was a beautiful maiden minding her own business, when along comes Poseidon and rapes her in the temple of Athena. Athena is enraged and transforms Medusa’s hair into snakes and gives her an ugly face that will petrify onlookers. King Polydectes sent the hero Perseus to get Medusa’s head, and Athena helped Perseus by giving him a mirrored shield, which he used to look into in order to slay Medusa. Throughout history she has been known as a monster but things are starting to change. She’s actually the perfect representation of female rage and conjures up real life examples of blaming rape victims.
WIP: Our friend and old neighbour Julio was murdered by another psycho neighbour who was lusting after Julio’s daughter. Having escaped the Pinochet regime in Chile who ‘disappeared’ people in his family, Julio wasn’t one to take things lying down and voiced his opinions to the pedophile, who later ambushed Julio in the woods and killed him. This portrait will be for his lovely widow and three kids, who miss him truly every day. RIP
I’ve been working on this painting for some time now already and I’m getting near the end. I’m working with walnut oil at this stage now though, so it takes forever for the paint to dry between layers. Still to do is fix up the tonal values a bit, then final colour glazing.