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Photobomber - 1994-2018 original oil painting on linen


Can a painting be photobombed?

I started this painting in 1994. It was a vaguely figurative abstract. Something about it had always felt uncommitted and undeveloped. It ended up in deep storage.

After moving to New Mexico it resurfaced and I suddenly saw it as a sort of fairy tale joke, where a mythical narrative is interrupted by a blue rascal Loki-type character, who photobombs folk tales at poignant moments. 

I reworked it one day in 2018. Even the way I applied the brushstrokes is easy and lighthearted. I did not do any blending or fine detail, and used bright unmixed colors, which gives it a storybook tone. It was fun to paint, it felt effortless, and made me want to do more work that incorporates humor.

I guess, now, any time I am painting, is just an opportunity for this blue character to photobomb.

Size of artwork: 15 7/8" x 12"

Size of frame: 17 3/4" x 13 3/4"

Medium: Oil on raw linen

Photobomber - 1994-2018 original oil painting on linen


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