Thursday, January 28, 2016

Why Not Add Painting to the Mix?

For as long as I've had this blog, I've kept the topic strictly to maskmaking. That can be a little tricky, especially when I'm not making and masks. I haven't been doing much of anything the past year or so as it seems everything in life has been hectic. I finally got off my butt and started working on some paintings recently though.

Within You - 18" x 24" acrylic on canvas
As many of you may know already from looking at my blog, I've taken a lot of inspiration from the movie The Labyrinth. I grew up with David Bowie being Jareth and his passing was really hard on me. I'm normally the type of person that doesn't care when celebrities die. I can't even count the amount of times I've caught myself tearing up though just listening to his music or thinking about any of many associations he has for me. I knew I had to paint him as homage for all the memories though. It wasn't much of a surprise that I settled on a shot of Jareth - specifically from the part when Sarah is in the stair Labyrinth at the end and Within You is playing. There is this part where it shows Jareth and he just looks so beaten as he realizes that he's never going to win Sarah over. It wasn't quite the same sentiment I was feeling, but the pain was certainly there in realizing he was never going to create again. I'm tearing at the eyes again writing this and I though the topic was finally safe! So below is the painting and I'm happy with how it turned out.

"Marie's Favorite 80s Fantasy Movie" wall
It's currently hanging on the wall in my living room. I noticed right away how empty the rest of the wall looked and I thought, 'I need to make more'. I decided that this would be a "Marie's Favorite 80s Fantasy Movie" wall. I set forth to create a layout that Jareth would be proud of. The set will include scenes from The Neverending Story, Legend, Willow, The Dark Crystal, and Ladyhawke. It will also be an ode to the lovable bad guy - which is to say there will be no "good guys" on this wall. Like I said, it had to be a wall Jareth would be proud of!

Keep posted for updates soon! And from now on this will be a painting and a maskmaking blog. I will have to update the about page soon, but for now I'm working on the next painting!

Thanks for Reading and Happy Creating!

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