Digital Paintings: Bathsheba 1 and 2

Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing

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Bathsheba 1
Digital Painting 2007

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Thanks to Cookiekitty for use of her Nude 84 for model reference.

when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she made lamentation

Bathsheba 2
Bathsheba 2
Digital Painting 2007

Thanks to Cookiekitty for use of her Nude 84 for model reference.

Her feet are the reason for the paintings.

The First Veil

The First Veil

The First Veil
Digital painting 2007

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I’ve wanted to get back to working on a Women of Myth series, having already done Salome and Eve, and this is in that direction, influenced by memories of foreign movies of the 60s through the early 80s I’d seen when cinema screens were still large and magical and sound quality hadn’t gone to hell. A door was not just a door. Every room was a world unto itself and every person was the dust of myth, the conflict ‘tween gods and mortals, revivified with the stuff of the film development process, ancient spirits condescending to lend their life to film in vanity-pleasing anticipation of again holding supersized center stage. At least that’s how I thought of it all at the time and have always appreciated Jean-Luc Godard’s works in respect of this, and in particular his Le Mépris which I must get a good copy of one of these days. In so many of his movies the blood looks like ketchup and the scenes look like sets because they are supposed to, and if you’re familiar with the Catholic vs. Protestant notion of the eucharist and transubstantiation (I was raised Catholic a few years there as a child) this is what happens in his films. He presents you the plain flour and salt of the set and as the film rolls, though you still see in front of you the everyday flour and salt, a change of substance occurs. I was thinking of this when I did the painting.

Detail of “The First Veil”.

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I used a stock photo from Lady Belar at Deviantart as reference for the model. Here’s the original photo of her which is very nice.

Note: Bush’s stuttering weasel voice is running on the news (PBS) in the background talking about how optimistic he is about immigration reform. How he became Evil Incarnate instead of just another buffoon down at the bar, sucking Happy Hour margaritas down one after another, I don’t know.

Salome and Friends Series of Digital Paintings – Lady McBeth of Blue Street

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Lady McBeth of Blue Street
Digital painting, 2007

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Detail.

I used a Deviantart stock photo from Lady Belar as resource for the model. A beautiful photo, by the way. It’s located here.

Isis (digital painting)

Isis, oh, Isis, you mystical child, what drives me to you is what drives me insane

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Isis
(Spaghetti Junction Isis)
2006
20 w by 9 in h
Digital Painting based on photo by artist/collage
copyright J Kearns 2006

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The painting is based on a photo first seen in my scary Halloween post used there to document our being stranded on spaghetti junction. I was thinking, when I took the photo, not only that I would hopefully never be again in such a position to take such a photo, stranded on the side of spaghetti junction, but that there was a painting here, and began one that evening that I then set aside for a long while.

A meditation on the myth of Isis, and how the fun thing about Isis or Osiris or Christ etc. is one could title any picture with a deity/spirit name and meaning would ultimately and many times appropriately be derived. I could do a pic of my bookshelf and call it Christ and meaning would commence to happen. Which isn’t a matter of gaming. Just is.

I borrowed the eyes of Sandro Milo, who played Isis in Giulietta degli spiriti.

My reference pic