The Story Behind the Painting

The story behind the painting “The Sacrifice”

"The Sacrifice" pastel painting

“The Sacrifice” pastel painting

If I have one controversial painting this is it! It was never my intention to imply anything remotely religious when I decided on the composition for “The Sacrifice”. Nor was I trying to make a statement. I was just hoping to discover a strong composition. I must admit that once the composition was decided on the title jumped out at me.

Sometimes I’m asked how I decided on the subject of a painting. Here’s one example of my process. I choose the objects and then move them around until the composition pops.

Looking through my files I counted 15 photos but I’ll just share a few of those with you.

I love working with tools and hardware so why not paint them. I didn't come up with an arrangement I liked so I looked for something of contrast to pair with the tools.

I love working with tools and hardware so why not paint them. I didn’t come up with an arrangement I liked so I looked for something of contrast to pair with the tools.

I grabbed an apple but I still had no idea where I was going with this so I took a bunch of photos with varying arrangements. Still not happy.

I grabbed an apple but still had no idea where it was going so I took a bunch of photos with varying set-ups. None worked.

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I was really grabbing at straws at this point but the hammer was right there so why not! So nails in a apple don’t work but I liked the drops of  juice that were coming out.

Hmm . . .I liked the hammer and I was considering scrapping the tortured apple.

Hmm . . . I still wanted to paint the hammer and was considering scrapping the tortured apple. Those nails looked so stupid.

Re-position them both a bit and then the "pop" happened.  The apple didn't go to waste after all.  It's a humorous composition and has eye appeal.

But once I re-positioned them a bit the “pop” finally happened. The apple didn’t go to waste after all! It was sacrificed for a purpose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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