One good thing about being an artist, I suppose, is that you can create your own little fantasy world, regardless of what is really happening around you.
Amidst the worst snow storm I've ever seen, I can see now that I chose to block it all out and live in this little fantasy tropical world that I created for myself in this painting. You might think the snow would have inspired me, but it didn't.
I don't know what to do in it, other than flee from it as quickly as I can. Thinking that I had already managed to eke it out through half a winter, I was depressed today to learn that today is the FIRST day of winter and that it's only just begun. For a month now, I've been keeping cold drinks outside, and if I want to warm them up, I bring them inside and put them in the refrigerator. Three more months of this???
"Bamboo Bad Boy"
24" x 36"
Copperleaf and Acrylic on Canvas
Snowbound, and bound in snow, TONY
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
I rarely paint over an old painting, but I did it for this one. The original painting, lying under this one, was nine years old, and I deemed it unworthy of another out of state move. The original title of the old painting was "He's Now Next", and it was an expression of my fear of AIDS.
With the painting and the fear buried, I changed one letter of the title, and completely changed the meaning of the painting.
"He's Now Next" became:
"He's Not Next"
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
I painted this for an upcoming exibit in Dallas, Texas, titled "El Corazon" (The Heart). The flowers are Bleeding Hearts, which I've painted a few times before, and the bleeding hearts on the torso are meant to be passing overlying images, rather than something permanent like a tatoo. I'm sure a lot can be read into that, but I'll leave it at that.
"The Bleeding Hearts"
Wishing you a happy, Happy Holiday! TONY
Monday, April 24, 2017
During a visit to a friend in Albuquerque, she showed me a photograph taken of her as a teenager in a convent. The image stuck with me and inspired me to paint this painting. I guess spring time inspired me to incorporate Mother Nature into it, even though it's snowed since I started this painting, and has been freezing every night since.
"Mother Nature in New Mexico"
This is the third painting I've painted over, except this time I left much of the original painting intact and just repainted the parts I didn't like. Once I completed it, I wondered if it was symbolic of the remaking of my life I'm currently undergoing. It probably is.
My choice of Savannah as my next home seems to have left some wondering why, particularly since the closest person I've ever met will be some 2,000 miles away from me. But it seems to have everything I need in a home.......a temperate climate, green and visually appealing, great architecture, close to the ocean, affordable, friendly and gay friendly, and it's not too small and not too big. I met with realtors yesterday and my home will be listed for sale today, so my days here are now numbered.
The original 1995 painting is the top image in this post, and the remake image is on the bottom. Because I didn't completely paint over everything, I left the title and date as is. This is the last remake I will do.
"For They Dared Not Speak"