28 x 8"
oil on panel
When I started this painting, I thought I must be out of my mind. I rarely tackle something I know will take days. And it did.
My main drive was to submit this painting to an upcoming museum exhibition, but I couldn't meet the deadline - but I just kept plugging away. It was challenging - mostly deciphering the many grey tones and values of Picasso's painting - I must have mixed 50+ different blacks and greys and tans. I was obsessed with getting just the right combinations for days.
Last night, after I completed the painting, I took the dogs for a walk in a nearby cemetery and as I was walking on the asphalt, I was determining what colors to mix to get the color under my feet. My brain couldn't shut it off - I thought that was amusing.
The more I dove into the history of Picasso's Guernica, the more his painting seemed so timely - a small town of innocent people driven out of their home by total destruction, much like Syria. War. What is it good for?
Here are several close-ups of this piece, starting from the left....
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