6 x 6"
oil on panel
On this soul-sucking day, I thought of one of my favorite paintings Automaton by Jamie Wyeth. The definition of automaton is an android or robot, but also refers to a person who seems to act in a mechanical, unemotional way.
The Wyeth family celebrated Halloween with great enthusiasm every fall. Beginning with the patriarch, N.C. Wyeth who had a large stash of costumes with swords and pirate hats and spooky masks for his illustrations - and his children relished the chance to dress up and pretend they were the buccaneers or ghouls taking over the family farm. I wrote up a post about the Wyeth's love of Halloween here, back in October 2015.