I have this cow skull - very special to me really, many moons ago I wanted to have a 'Santa Fe' bedroom and the ultimate detail would be a cow skull. We started to see if we could buy one and they were expensive! Norm said it was not in the budget ;-( Bummer.. He was telling a woman at work about our search and how expensive they were - my wifes driving me crazy... blah blah blah.. a few days later this woman brought in a cow skull to Norman!!
* NOTE her husband was a butcher and it was still in tact. Need I say more? My neighbor - a police officer at the time was curious when I asked if she knew how to get skin off of bones. Leave it to Norm he figured it out and it was much work, boiled for days on the drive way in a huge rented pot then dried in a furnace at his work - LOL - he thought this was a good idea until people started to complain about a funky smell throughout the building!
But when done we had a real cowskull. It' looked terrific and hung in the bedroom for years * The room turned out so well it was featured on a television show called City Line. I thought of it the other day, Norm said it was out in the shed covered in dust and spiderwebs and asked him if he could sand, clean and put in my studio and here it is.
Painting is (even more than cartooning) something I do to bring me peace. I decided this is what I was doing - the house work can wait.
While painting this wonderful skull I gave much thought to the cow that provided it, especially when painting around the bullet hole in the poppy. I use to eat red meat
not such a big fan anymore. I'm not sure if I stopped because of education or my body just telling me, but I really don't care for it as much. I can not help but think when I see the teeth and the cavity where the brain was that this was in fact a living being a while ago. I believe that from now on when I do eat meat I want to acknowledge that this creature did give its life for us.
It once had a heart beat. All provided by God.
Now messed with by man ;-( = FOOD inc.
But this skull is not about that for me it is about painting life back into it starting at the base with a tiny seed. A Cannabis seed of course. I started to think about it a couple of days about but started painting it this a.m. at 6:30. Completed it at about 9:30p.m
It amazes me how much I think about when painting and other times I simply find myself humming to the song and enjoying every single brush stroke.
All in a Days work. I have the best boss! xox <><
***Details The skull has hidden symbols words, bumble bees, a ladybug, butterflies and a real cannabis seed at the base where the roots appear ;-)