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 an illustrative 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 creature 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