blur quandary, close finish, & bitter water

over the weekend i was able to get a fair amount of painting done to the posturing/pretending tree aka bitter water. i keep making these amendments to the title, fearing the worst that only a paragraph will be the chance explaination. i completely disappointed with the photo quality and won't complain about it again until after i am finished and then maybe a critique.

i am gaining on the finish line, slowly but surely, waiting for the canvas, paint and color to speak a final word of 'it is done.' i went ahead, filled in with the bronze/white twists of the tree. even though i love the tree, i'm reminded of tootsie rolls when i look at the bark. my intention was to make the painting look flat, yet in each smaller plane, a variation and shade of contrast. i have still got the bitter water to work on. i purposely poisoned the water with a red permanent maker and so the pink will continue to pinch at the seams. i'm eager to find warmth and background but feel so drawn into the stark white, simple symbols and refresh represented. this go around i decided i would try my hand at creating this level of work. as mentioned i'm inspired by some of the greats:

1. aaron kraten

2. blaine fontana

3. aaron jasinski

4. sam flores

as mentioned before my other inspiration and thoughts have come directly from the bible. never before have i experienced a thought or idea that coincided with a image or story from a bible teaching. it is such a strange feeling. i want to see my art in print and the painting really seems like it could be the first step. i am also thinking of doing a 2007 calendar. wouldn't that be a blast. here's the scripture i've taken the idea from. sometimes i feel like some bitter water. really. sorry in advance for the creepy numbers. and i have to admit my enjoyment of the king james. it's the old school vintage version of things i really think cuts.

22So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.
23And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.
24And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?
25And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,
26And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
27And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.

that's all for the day. i had a good weekend, busy, bustling and bursting over with all kinds of times. picnic llama's, slip and slids, treasured conversations with carolyn. and geez a confrontation. i bought a new pair of new balance 992. and hit greenlife up for some yummy bites.

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