This started out with a very different vibe. I had in mind a faint memory from my childhood, of some sort of fancy lobby with green marble walls and brass trim. Maybe it was a bank lobby, or a Federal building, or the bathroom in a hotel. I don't remember. I briefly scoured the internet (heh) for a photo to express this memory, but the best I could find was this:
On the other hand, isn't it gloriously tacky?
So that was the starting point in this painting: marvelously bad taste. (Unless you really covet this lighter. In that case, my hat is off to you for never doubting yourself.)
So that's how this one started, but it was very difficult to finish. I tried letters in many colors: yellow, bronze, brown, even black. They just didn't work with the background. I even went back into it and worked on it after I took it out of the watercolor pad. In the end, I finally got the right color. Then I had to weigh it down again to dry flat.
(Check out the studies in the background, where I was testing out agate patterns.)
The mossy green letters take it out of the tacky lobby and into a different realm... a forest in which to lose one's self... which is basically what my land looks like right now. (Here's a few snaps from recent walks.)
This is the first painting in the "Agate Agape" series to have the kinds of colors you'd expect to find in real agate.
I imagine that up close, the desert is full of color... burning orange sunsets, carnelian-colored pebbles, stones striped in rust and grey, little blue lizards darting around, and dusty green cacti.
This picture is gorgeous with the gray colors that are so popular in home decorating right now:
So if you're yearning for a desert romance... the cowboy and coyote and the painted rocks... click this button:
I think it's the inner un-hipster in me. I can't keep it cool. I just have to throw in some hot red sometimes. I can't be restrained, LOL.
Speaking of superheros, check out the Kryptonite in the leaf.
It's just radioactive, isn't it?
So if you want some super duper love in your life, click this big heroic button:
Guess what you guys!! (You gals!!) This is the start of a brand new series, Agate Agape.
Each one of the backgrounds is going to be modeled after agate stone, which is known for its swirling bands of color, like this:
Naturally I immediately cheated and put in a bunch of pink and yellow, which I am not sure are found in Nature but so be it. It looks rad so it stays.
So that's the "Agate" part of the series. What's "Agape"? Well it's pronounced "Ah GAH pay" and it's a Greek word for the highest form of love. The love of mankind for God, the love of God for mankind, the universal love that permeates the Universe... that is Agape.
So what about the title for this painting? Well, it's (another) reference to the famous secret rock star...
(My favorite part of that song is when The Misfits break in. I always liked their theme a little better. Then again, I usually rooted for the "bad guy" in cartoons, especially Wile E. Coyote and Sylvester the Cat.)
Anyway, enough cartoon nostalgia. The other reason for referring to a gem/jem is the "crystalline" look which I got in one of those stripes. It looks like the gem-like "edge" of the agate crystal where it's still forming.
This picture is so glam that it needs a glam frame, dontcha think? You can get it pre-framed in my shop.