Wednesday, March 14, 2007
LA PIETA / LOS PIES
12” x 14 x 2”
acrylic on boxed canvas
It has been several days that I tried to figure out what to paint for a Holy Week exhibit.
I watched “The Passion” on dvd thinking I’d get some ideas there.
All I can think of was painting a hand nailing another hand (but how many artists would think of nailed hands anyway? Answer: a lot)
Eventually I settled for a Pieta. I like the idea of keeping it simple – the Madonna caressing the dead Christ in her hands. I worked on it for a few days and when the Pieta was done, I was surprised. The Dead Christ looked like someone in my past.
And it was! It bore the spitting image of Anthony (a sweet young thing who I shared more than several nights of pleasure in the sheets).
I rummaged through some old numbers in a little black book for his number and called him up.
“Hey! You haven’t called for a long time.” said the voice on the other end. “Hey Anton, I just painted you. You now look like Christ.”
“What do you mean?”
“I finished a painting about the dead Christ and it ended up looking like you.”
“Now I will be holy… or I will end up dead? Hahaha…”