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Half a Diptych

There’s a lot of artistic hogwash that goes on about inspiration and the Muuuuuse and generally it ends with either the backs of hands pressed to foreheads and swooning or a lot of dense grad-school verbage about the artist as transcendent observer. (For the record, I have never been a transcendent observer in my life. I did once get REALLY interested in the backs of my hands in 1995, but there were some other factors involved.)

I don’t know about muses. If anything, I know less about them now than I did when I was younger. In my experience, inspiration is less about having a Sudden Great Idea and more about getting the hell out of the way and not telling yourself that the eight-hundred-ninety-three ideas prior to that are stupid.

None of which particularly explains why, sometime Monday night, I decided that what the world really needed was a pair of very large cream-colored hares.

With bonus look at my studio!

It’s a diptych, or will be. Here’s the one on the right. The one on the left is still being cobbled together, since it’s 30 x 40 (and for me, that’s REALLY big) and I am having to print out a stencil in 12 x 18 chunks and tape it together to get the outline.

There is a certain…something…to a really BIG painting. Honestly, they’re an ungodly nuisance for the artist most of the time. You can’t scan them, you have to store them somewhere, and since most of the big ones are on canvas, they’re susceptible to things like cat claws and stray human feet. No one buys them because they are an enormous hassle to ship and who has an entire blank wall they’re not using? I sold the biggest piece I’ve ever done to a friend for fifty bucks just so it would LEAVE MY DAMN STUDIO ALREADY.

Still, there’s just…somehow when it’s really HUGE, it has a kind of visual majesty. It almost doesn’t matter what you paint, it’s impressive just by being THAT BIG. You take notice. You go “Dude. That’s a big thing there.” Which keeps you painting them occasionally, even knowing that it won’t sell and you will eventually put your foot through it on accident while trying to get to the pre-cut mats stacked behind it.

Kevin stared at it when I turned it around and said “There’s something a little…off. Kinda like the faun saint things.”

“You always say the nicest things,” I said, hugging him.

When they’re both done, I’ll post a shot together. In my head, it’s really impressive. In real life, we’ll wind up putting it in the upstairs hallway because that’s the only place with any bare space, and we’ll have to move some art around to accommodate and I really gotta clean out the big rack in my studio and see if there’s any stray room to be had there, if this mood doesn’t pass off quickly.

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.


Huge, canvas paintings don't sell, huh? [is skeptical]

Got any others taking up space? Seriously, with the fan base you have, you could eBay list them and make a bloody mint.

My thoughts exactly. I saw this picture and thought to myself, "Well, I HAVE been meaning to redo the front room, and those would make a perfect focal point. And that blue! Oh, I could do things with that blue!"

That is gorgeous! Looking at it, I SO wish I had enough money right now to try to buy it off you - but I'm thrilled just to see and enjoy it on your blog!

My first thought was 'Nijinsky!' But I suspect it's actually Nureyev...

Edited at 2012-07-05 04:12 pm (UTC)

okay, so I'm not the only one who immediately thought ballet?
Though I suspect it's a form of gypsy hare ballet, it's still bloody impressive!

You said diptych, and moving things to hang them...

And the brain said: If you put something between them you can be splitting hares!
Sometimes I hate my brain.

Quite right, so you should. *gives brain a stern look*

You kidding? I have a MASSIVE space over my couch (a 20 foot long wall) without anything there because I can't find any appropriately big pieces to put there. I'm thinking putting up smaller pieces from a series, but framing costs make me wanna cry (it gets a lot of sun so it needs UV protected glass).

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It looks like it should belong in one of the rabbit folktales from Watership Down. Possibly something from the creepy warren with the traps.

So you'd take $50 each + shipping?

(Sadly, we've run out of wall space, due to a bad habit of buying canvases from a certain Jim Burns. He grins when he sees me.)

Well, at least you have good taste! *grin*

My sister was bitten by a muse once.

Muse bites can be nasty, you know.

Was she carving her initials in its flank?

Might this be the time to develop some contacts with local galleries? Where customers expect to buy larger pieces?

Wow. I love the contours in the fur. It looks like it's coming out of the painting.

Heavy body paint! Parts of it actually ARE coming out of the painting---most of the highlights are done with a really thick form of Liquitex that holds very stiff peaks.

Oh man, I *LIKE* that. He (and yes, I know that all hares are referred to as 'she', but this one seems really male to me for some reason) looks like some sort of hare!attendant for the Prince With a Thousand Enemies. Very cool.

It was definitely intended to be male, yes. I think it has something to do with proportion of hip to ribcage or something, even if it doesn't actually apply to hares in real life.

Sooooooo.....how far would a stained glass flying phalloi go towards giving these a home on my wall?

There's something about this... it's especially awesome! "visual majesty" is I think exactly the right phrase :)

I can totally sympathize on the issues of large pieces. When I do 'em they're usually printouts of Illustrator work, so they're not QUITE as much hassle to store - I can just roll 'em up and keep 'em in the closet until someone bites - but they are still a pain to move. Nobody wants 'em, nobody has the room, unless you price 'em criminally low.

But you've gotta do them. Because HEY HERE'S A FIGURE YOU DREW AS LARGE AS LIFE. Or larger. And that has power.