A love story as old as humanity.
I can’t remember how exactly I ended up looking for photos of excavations of Pompeii’s skeletons, but there I was. One photo inspired me but it wasn’t strong enough. And after several clicks I found something touching.
After some more clicks I found the right source of inspitation:
But the perspective was not how I wanted it. What I did was open my CAD software (Sketchup 2018), and rebuild this scene in 3D. The skeleton I downloaded from Sketchup Warehouse and it is good enough to get me started. Details are for later.
I try to get some grip on the bone-forest. The two paintings are composition wise identical and together they shall form a short narrative of love and time. The left painting I envision in a barren landscape. The right painting in a moss covered, lush and green environment.
Or, both in the same environment but with the sun coming in from another angle. I got the words “from dawn to dusk” in my mind. Maybe I play with that a little more.
The following days…
The first painting is somewhat in a good shape. Not done but I feel satisfied. The second painting has just started and I like the landscape already. The highlights for the moss turn out to be almost a radioactive luminescence, I love it. This was an accident but one learns to appreciate accidents when one gets older.
Next is to wait for the paint to dry and the cardboard to be flat again. But the bulged cardboard gives a beautiful landscape effect I see. I try to paint that back in later. In reality the highlights are not there. It is the light reflecting of the bulged cardboard