At this point in a painting I have Hope – in that I have the skill to realise my imaginings and doodles that I’ve made.
‘Hope’ though is the somewhat ironic title I chosen for the third and final painting in a series showing the awful abuse of women through the ages, particularly by the powerful Catholic Church, still a vile solution to our wonderings, concerning our origins and our nature.
I don’t have a lot more to say about the injustices of ages gone, so here without further ado is the first stage in this painting.
So the next stage is the under drawing 8.1.2020
So the first two images here of the newly stretched canvas, the paintings are on 150cm x 130 cm supports, stretched, sized and primed here, the grounds are RSG followed by a ‘distemper’ from an old recipe. I may paint the third in the series ‘Hope’ on a different, modern ground, sized with P.V.A. and primer from Gamblyn or Winsor and Newton.
I’ve had the ideas for this painting for some time and finally found a way to put it into my agenda for 2019. I’ll be painting it in good summer light and in the warmth of a large room that faces South. Yes Northern light is preferred but I can’t arrange for that in this house. I have curtains!
The subject is justice once again and particularly the brutal injustices reigned down upon women by religion. Non of these injustices have ever been apologised for, the main perpetrators the Catholic Church has never made a humble apology to womankind for the deliberately perverted sexual and physical torture of womankind throughout history.
The Pope should get down on his bony knees in St. Peter’s Square and beg forgiveness of womankind but instead as with all the abuses of humanity by the Catholic Church the shitty little coward remains silent.
Here’s the progress I’ve made by late July, I don’t have a wolf and a horse at hand to pose for me, so I’ve used photos to arrive in the place where I want to be. Quite a way to go but I’ve made good progress, next is probably a complete ‘oil out’ with a chalk and sun thickened flax oil painting and grinding medium, that I prepare here according to a recipe of the amazing Louis Velasquez. At the same time I’ll soften and blend edges into the gloom of night and heighten the ‘luminous golden effect’ I want to get into the clouds.
So at last I have the ideas and the health (touch wood) to complete the left and right panels of ‘The Last Judgment of Pope Frances. One is ‘Paradise’ the other is ‘Hell’. I’ve started with Hell as I’m missing a model to pose for me at present but I live in hope. Anyway as a taster here is an under-drawing and an under-painting.
Progress late June 2019
So, this 2020 and I’ve finally returned home from hospital in Niort and I’m looking forward to getting back into my painting routine. I haven’t been able to keep on top of the jobs at hand and this painting seems to have gone a little away from me as regards the finish. Some areas are a little matt, which is common in oil painting but not so common for my paintings. I’ll keep using retouching varnish to even things out and hopefully it will be ready to set aside and dry properly for six months or so.
The world needs the voice of people like Ilhan Omar, it needs her to speak out everyday against the genocidal Israeli government and its supporters in the West, including the silent acquiescence of European countries. Those who support Israel’s self proclaimed right to oppress Palestine and kill its people on a daily basis are parties to injustice, violation of basic human rights, murder and genocide.
For those who acknowledge injustice when they see it, for those who recognise the abandonment of human rights when they see it, this argument has nothing to do with anti-Semitism and has everything to do with fascism, hatred and rule by despots who believe their imaginary friend will bring about their salvation as they bathe in the blood of their neighbours.
The generally cowardly Corrupt Corporate Democrats wanted initially, to directly censure Ilhan Omar but then under public pressure and pressure from within their own party, decided to water down their initial outrage at Ilhan Omar and instead offer up a weak censure of all things bigoted and oppressive.
So what was achieved here? Absolutely nothing, the Corrupt Corporate Democrats showed themselves once again to be not only a party capable of making massive misjudgments of public opinion, but also one that doesn’t care about what is truly just and moral. Instead it would prefer to continue supporting the American government’s unscrupulous policy of bailing out the vile Israeli government. One that on a daily basis practices genocide.
A.O.C. has seized the moment and there is no way to put her genie back in the bottle. Get used to it American corporate Dem’s and your media backers. Get used to it Fox because when she is old enough, she is your next President and I can’t wait for an intelligent women with great social policies, to transform America into the progressive country we all hope it could be.
Begun in May 2018 this portrait of my friend and model Elodie Bouffard is a 50cm x 40cm oil on wood panel painting. I started by preparing a wooden panel with six coats of home made chalk gesso. I lightly sanded the layers of gesso after each coat and arrived at a smooth painting surface equal to painting fine details. Before painting the next stage, the grisaille, I painted the surface with vandyke brown, with some added ‘misty’ effects in green.
The next stage was to paint a grisaille from photographs, I’m quite good at drawing in various mediums but nevertheless, I transferred the photo onto the support to save time.
When photographs are available, it is a waste of time to hand draw your image onto the support, just a few general outlines will do to get the exact proportions, after all we ‘draw’ with the brushes. The grisaille was completed in three sessions, refining exact details of the eyes for instance that I new I wouldn’t want to change later, after adding layers of transparent and opaque colour.
In the grisaille, I use titanium white, as it is less transparent and less oily than my favourite lead white. At this stage I want maximum coverage over the dark brown panel
I then went on to use full colour, using a limited palette with lead white at its centre. I usually work on several paintings at a time, so this allows me time to reflect on what I’ve done and reflect on how the painting is progressing, after several months it was finished, all that remains to do – is a varnish coat.
Prosecute the parents!
The local authority should prosecute the parents for child abuse. It’s depressing, that parents can get away with indoctrinating their children into fear based, dangerous religious sects, such as Catholicism, Evangelical Christianity and Islam. The children of such parents will face a lifetime of looking over their shoulder, to see if their divine ‘friend’ on high is watching their every move. They will find it extremely difficult, to lose the fear of going to hell, to face eternal torture, all for the ‘accident’ of being born into ‘original sin’.
Everyone should be free to practice religions of their choice – when they are old enough to understand the ramifications, of making such choices.
The opportunity to really push progressive policies has been lost by the Democratic party in the American mid-term elections. The mid-terms should have delivered the promised ‘Blue Wave’ instead there was a blue trickle that merely snapped at the heels of established Republican politicians like Ted Cruz and Ron DeSantis. The leaders of the Democratic party are corporate Dems, bought and paid for stooges, who left to their own devices would have been totally crushed once again.
The progressives in the party delivered the diluted ‘blue wave’ and brought a message of medicare for all, a 15$ minimum wage, getting money out of politics, student loan debt revisions, action on climate change, an end to America’s wars and instituting stricter gun laws. But the party leaders once again moved to the centre and instead of supporting hugely popular progressive policies, diluted the message – to their own detriment.
The Dems have taken the House and it will make a difference in fighting the destructive policies Trump wants to promote, so there is something positive to be taken from this election but it is unquestionably a massive lost opportunity and that fact needs to repeated over and over again. The Democratic Party’s leadership won’t get the message and must be removed from within, now that the progressives have much more influence. The likes of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Diane Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi need to go along with other corporate and massively corrupt influencers.
In memoriam of the helpless Pittsburgh victims of Robert Bowers, I now fully support ‘Bend the Arc’ and their efforts to bring about a more equitable society.
So the Saudis actually kill another county’s citizen while in their ‘care’ and America (particularly Lindsey Graham) whose citizen it was, feigns outrage and does nothing. Imagine if it had been Iran. But of course Iran doesn’t have multi billion dollar arms deals with America. Go figure.