I've admittedly been delinquent in my blogging duties; my excuse is anything but original, I've been busy. That and the heat! Yuck! I find myself longing for the snow and ice of a January day. But, the work must go on and as usual, ol' Carl's got a few things brewing, like, this painting. I completed it last night and I call it Tempted. I thought I'd discuss the inspiration behind it with you today.
I've been on a bit of a spiritual journey lately, thinking about gratitude, conceptions of good and evil, right and wrong, things like that. Although the journey has taken up more of my thoughts and my time lately, it's been something I've studied for years, decades even. I've explored and read the texts of various religions and philosophies including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Paganism, even Satanism and probably many more "isms". I think those studies come out in this piece. It shows confusion, particularly in the swirling. As the blurry figure progresses down the long path or hallway, he or she is met with various windows, posts, etc. These are temptations, the figure is tempted. By what? By the so-called evils of the world, selfishness, ingratitude, dishonesty, disloyalty, an unkind word. There are times when these "evils" don't seem evil at all, and in fact they seem right and proper. Just look around at the political rhetoric today, people can't debate political philosophy or current events without devolving into personal attacks. Is it really wrong to lie, cheat, or steal if you don't get caught? People can't be hurt by what they don't know, right? The temptation and rationalizations are everywhere and easily and readily available and we've all used them from time to time to one degree or another. It all comes together to create what i feel is a compelling,thought-provoking and pleasing image.
You may notice his piece has a Bacon-esque quality, meaning it's somewhat reminiscent of Francis Bacon's work, particularly his 1946 piece, "Painting". And if you did, I take that as a compliment because although he may not be to everyone's taste, I really like his work.