Friday, August 15, 2008

Casual Installation and My New Antique Deer Mount

I got myself an 8-point buck from the Waltham Antiques Co-op on Felton Street. He was shot in 1922, but he's still in great shape, the plaque bears the name of his hunter. I've been looking for a model for my deer paintings for quite a while. It is intriguing to finally have some taxidermy of my own. I think it improves the paintings. Meanwhile, in the studio, I've been hanging my little baby skulls and portraits together into a kind of ring of icons or trophies. I like the result and I'm looking forward to growing the grouping of little oil paintings ranging from 2 x 3.5 inches to 6 x 6 inches. I'm loving the way the limited palette gets heightened by the smallest inclusions of bright transparent orange earth in the deer mount.

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