I've been doing some comic strips in my sketchbooks for fun. It's an easy non-commital way to express myself. Rene Rodriguez is partially responsible due to his insistence on napkin drawings at a trashy Chinese food dive a few weeks back so he could submit the drawings for a show.
This is a painting I did for the Facing Fear show at Launchpad Gallery. It's an homage to one of my favorite philosophers, Jean-Paul Sartre. I wanted to capture an existential crises, subtly.
The young boys are caged in a prison (life). They watch a fire, frozen in awe (the fire represents a finite existence, burning however brightly for limited duration). In the background, faintly, soft smoke curls out of a furnace (certain end, a fire goes out as fires do). In summation, they're contemplating their own mortality, death hanging over them.
I did this painting for a friend of mine who, through circumstance, is no longer a friend of mine. After the friendship ended I got to thinking about magic and psychics. Some people talk about psychic residue. Connection. ESP. Ghosts. They all went together in this painting.
This was intended as a study but I believe it's better than the larger piece. I think I'll chuck the larger piece in the trash.