I started this tiny project right before the season began. After having a lively conversation on twitter with Odin Mercer of Five for Howling, I decided it would be really fun to try to make a painting of Gary Bettman in the style of Francis Bacon. Specifically, in the style of his "screaming Pope" piece. (officially titled "Study after Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X")
Now, I don't paint in oils, and I don't used feces (supposedly. I was told that in classes but I can't find something to reference) in my paintings either. And I don't quite have Francis Bacon's ability to make hauntingly twisted images that can, on a slow night in art history class, scare you. I've only painted work in something close to his style once, for a master's study in painting class in like 2001. It's not quite where I'd like it to be, the eyes and mouth got lost somewhere between the layers of charcoal dragged across the canvas, but it's still pretty amusing, I think.
From here. Our twitpic page. Anyone else find that name hilariously insulting?
This isn't a great picture of it. I wanted to get a better one today b a) it was windy as all get out outside and I didn't want to spray sealant in that kind of wind and b) my camera battery flaked out on me...again. So, as soon as that remembers that it is, in fact, charged, I'll post a new picture.
CouchTarts: Combining art and hockey since whenever we started this blog
Speaking of, if you like dark work, I was just recently introduced to Beksinski. Awesome stuff.