Many wonderful things have happened in my life recently, the most sublime of which has been meeting the love of my life. JPK Forever 😉 The other new development to report is that I have been utterly consumed with Oil Painting.
It all began on June 16th 2017 after I had watched a Bob Ross video on Netflix. Since that first painting, I have been painting non stop and I have been literally obsessed with this ancient and fulfilling art.
Here is a photo of the first painting I did on June 16th 2017. This painting doesn’t exist anymore, as I painted over it shortly after. It was a pretty exciting time, and in retrospect, I wish I had kept it. I can really see why artists need so much space and storage. especially if you keep everything you ever make, and from what i understand, allot of artist do. I remember thinking at this time that I would do landscapes only and the pure joy and simplicity of them is what would define me……..That didn’t last very long. In fact, after a month long love affair with landscapes and seascapes, I painted over this painting on the left with the painting below……
My land and seascape period came to a finale with this painting on the left, it is called, “The Critics”
It features landscapes, seascapes, and a haunting figure, all being shown at one time in an art gallery, with critics standing amongst themselves and apart, being reflected off the ceiling and back again…
Around 3 months in…. I gained true inspiration to paint after remembering some esoteric facts about…Caravaggio – Here is a small gallery of some of my interpretations of the Master….
Walking in the steps of Mikey C, was one of the most amazing, and magickal experiences I’ve ever had. I learned so much, but more than that, I was literally re-initiated into a lineage of Magick that ultimately lead me back home to a very familiar place in my heart, the Magia Naturalis ( Book of Natural Magick) By Giambattista della Porta. Who was essential in teaching Caravaggio.
An Observation of our natural world and the pursuit of trying to render this world in an oil painting struck me as an utterly laudable pursuit, and I have enjoyed fulfillment in my heart during my attempts to capture the eternal spirit of the Master.
Seems like I enjoyed that experience so much, I couldn’t resist the temptation to attempt studying some other Masters…I really love oil painting, and it has become a vital part of my life. First of all, It has challenged my heart and mind, and while I suffer at times trying to fill shoes massively too big for me. Furthermore, I always feel stronger and complete after my attempts.
If you have read this far and made it this far down the page, heres an extra little treat for you… My interpretation of the statue.. Pan and Goat
You can see a gallery of these and more of my work on my ART page on this website