Thanks, Tara. When I Emailed you this image a while back I mentioned that I thought that it looked like the castle near you. Maybe the book at the local library which had this photo in it is still there. If so, I'll read the caption that says where it is. I haven't been able to find it on the internet.
Yes. When I want to paint certain ruins like these I make black and white copies from photos which I enlarge or reduce to various sizes. I rub dark blue or purple oil pastel on the backs of the copies then trace over the front with a ball point pen with no ink in it. This leaves a faint line to follow on the canvas.
Wow! It creates a really surreal feel. Classic ruins combined with your dream world gives your work a timelessness as if they were from some ancient fantasy novel, lost in time but now re discovered. The only thing I would like to see ( Just to satisfy my own obsession with perspective.) Is one of your images where the images you use are more closely connected in a spacial way. So your visions would more of a continuous feel rather than a collaged look. But this is just a personal aesthetic, There's a beauty to the collaged look too.
This is one of my earlier paintings when I first started working from photos. The perspective is a bit funky and my 'luminorphs' (as I would later call them) are kind of tacked on looking. Since then I've learned to incorporate my spontaneous organic imagery with imagery derived from photos better.
Yeah, actually I don't really notice the collage look in most of your stuff.
I've created a new group dedicated to interpretations of the underworld. Much of your work has an almost "Dark Eden" feel to it. I'd be honored if you'd like to do a landscape for Hell. Or just be a member if you like. I only have one image up so far, but it might give you an idea of the setting. [link]
Your work gives me that awe-inspiring feeling I often long for, of looking upon worlds beyond our comprehention.
Death is a theme that recurs in my work from time to time. Also, I do like to paint landscapes which have a Heavenly appearance to them but at the same time I like dark and moody paintings. In my painting, "Death..." it deals with the issue of whether an afterlife even exists at all. At the same time it sort of has a Heaven vs Hell kind of look to it. It wasn't really intended, though. I checked out your new 'Hell' site. I left a comment. I might be able to contribute something to it in the future. We'll see.
Have you ever read Paradise Lost? I'm listening to an audio version. it makes me see your world. so classic and mysterious like the ancient depictions of Eden. I may haunt your gallery for potential Hell World stuff. Sorry the name is so generic.
I'm familiar with Milton's "Paradise Lost", of course but I've never actually read it. Hieronymus Bosch is my favorite painter (mainly because of his busy landscapes and organic forms) and his work is all about Heaven and Hell.