I had a very productive summer this year down in Bluffton, SC.
First, a painting that I finished recently for the place here in Bluffton, a painting of butterflies based on a very old memory from early childhood. One spring when I was about 4 or 5, butterflies of all kinds crowded the bushes behind the rent house we lived in. I remember my mother and I with a little paperback Golden Guide looking for, and finding, so many of the butterflies in the book. As I remember, they came back the following year, and then not at all after that. Why they came, and then why they stopped coming, I have no idea. I've never seen anything like that since. I thought about painting this for a while, but now I had an excuse to do so.
A painting by the 18th century Japanese painter Maruyama Okyo also inspired me and guided me.
The butterfly painting is now installed in our second home in Bluffton.
I completed the painting of Apollo after much work and struggle. Painting in a classical mode is so very hard, and this picture is hardly perfect. It doesn't look like it now, but I used a lot of straight edges, dividers, and compasses putting this painting together. I also used a live model for two of the figures, and a small drawing mannequin for another. After months of work (since last summer), here is the finished picture.
The muse, Clio
A little allegory to summarize the larger allegory in the painting; a sprig of laurel growing up from a burned out tree stump with a cicada.
I couldn't get this part to photograph right, at least with the right colors. I'll have to wait for my professional photographer for that. Here is a ruined temple, ruined not by time, but by violence.
I finished two paintings from the new Passion Series. I also made plans for three more panels which I am ready to start work on as soon as I return to New York.
Jesus Before the Soldiers
Jesus Before the Magistrates