Last Silaga acrylics
I’ve been always fascinated by Greek Orthodox icons as painted in Russia. My Russian descend has probably some role in it. I couldn’t imagine painting an icon on canvas; it has to be done properly, on solid timber. My “St Francis with a squirrel” is painted with acrylic on Ipil plank. Hands were done from a live model – myself.
“Winner takes all” spent six years in incubation. Several drawings, several attempts, different perspective. From the very beginning this painting was talking to me, strongly, yet I did not understand it, no matter how much I tried. Till the very last day, when I had it all done except the top right corner, I couldn’t see what it was all about. Then, on impulse, unplanned, I painted a little self portrait in the mirror. At that moment everything clicked, and I laid the brush content, even though I can’t express in words what it means.
Last painting I did before we left Palawan and sailed south to Australia, it sprung onto the plywood in three days, without any planning or preparation. I’ve been painting a lot of fish those days, I’ve been patching up my boat for a long trip, I was looking forwards to a passage somewhere new. It all found its way in.
Photos by Nat from smallestforest.net.