This series that I'm working on is incredibly personal. Dealing, mostly, with internal struggle, and touching on ambiguous outward pressures. As the only internal struggle that I'm intimate with is my own, this work is becoming incredibly personal. It's lyrics like this that then push me to paint -- to overcome. Turning those experiences that challenge, that hurt, into a positive element.
So here's an in progress shot of a piece in this series...in which the figure is fighting. Exhausted. Pained. Yet, fighting. Not letting the dirt be dragged in.
Side note : I love painting ears. For some reason, this has always been the easiest body part to render, simply. A line of red. A glob of lighter flesh. Boom - eartime. I have local painter Luke Hillestad to thank for that. I once noticed an ear in his painting (actually a show at the building I have my studio in now) and it blew my freaking mind on how simple the gestures were but how real it looked. A few strokes becomes a piece of flesh. Magic.