Monday, January 04, 2016

Blood On The Canvas

January 4, 2016
   Finally got down to brass tacks this morning and bailed into the signature scene of the Classic Gunfight that features "A Murder of Crows." Had some decent reference:

Daily Whip Out In Progress: "Blood On The Canvas"

This depicts the climatic moment when Rene Secretan fools around with his pistol "that worked when it wanted to" and the accidental discharge hits Vincent van Gogh in the stomach. And my art references are:"Farm Near Auvers" by Vincent van Gogh, 1890 (open book, top, left); "Landscape at Twilight" also van Gogh, June, 1890 (see small postcard, just above my painting); "Luncheon of The Boating Party" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1880-81. The latter painting I used for the outfit worn by Gaston Secretan, who wanted to be an artist, so I chose the boating dudes with the semi-wife beater shirts and the straw hats. Ended up with this:

Daily Whip Out: "Blood On The Canvas"
final with the bottle of 69 Crimes wine gifted to me
by Mike and Fran Douglas on my 69th birthday.

   They also gifted me a $69 gift certificate to Arizona Art Supply Store, which is where I bought the watercolor paper that I painted the above painting on. Kathy took the photograph of me to send to them to thank them for such a thoughtful gift. Blood on the canvas, indeed.

"Painters are frustrated cartoonists."
—Ralph Steadman

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