Friday, April 29, 2005

Eagle Medicine


Eagle Medicine
Originally uploaded by suelu23.
Eagle Medicine. I wanted to do a painting about an eagle shaman, and had the idea to try suspending the canvas in a dreamcatcher-like wreath. It wasn’t until I went to paint it that I realized I’d never seen a shaman, and had only a general idea of what one looked like. So I decided to attempt to capture the motion of the dance instead, as an eagle spirit descends into the shaman. The brush technique in this piece is one I definitely want to explore again. I would like to revisit the character of line I use here while refining the color palette. In this piece I discovered that colors can be incidental in defining a shape if the gesture is foremost, but in my first attempt with this technique, the colors got a bit muddy.

Into All Truth


Into All Truth
Originally uploaded by suelu23.
Into All Truth. This painting is about the action of the Holy Spirit in human life. I wanted to give a feeling of uplifting thought, of spiritual ascension; and also to evoke a sort of gut happiness in the viewer. With this in mind, I kept the image simple and chose a bold, bright palette. I wanted to present an easily recognizable image so that the result is more emotional than intellectual, more revelation than theology.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

St. Nicholas


St. Nicholas
Originally uploaded by suelu23.
18. Saint Nicholas Diptych. In attempting to contrast the holy nature of Christmas with the secular commercialism of Xmas, I drew on many sources. The composition of the top two panels, the symbolism of gestures and ornaments such as halos, the use of gold leaf and pictorial treatment are all found in traditional early Christian icons and altarpieces. I have used black to outline shapes, reminiscent of Medieval stained glass windows. And of course there are the usual representatives of the commercial side. I’ve always felt irony and humor are very effective ways to communicate complex ideas, and tried to do that here.