So I had to put the "Happy Huntsman" aside for a bit as I was starting to lose forward momentum. For me, paintings are a lot like rebound relationships. At first they are all fun and exciting, and it's all about fantasizing the various possibilities of life with them. Then they start to reach a stage where you realize that they aren't quite as good as you thought they were going to be. After this, you find yourself starting to avoid them and really only come back out of boredom. This is so much like the stages of my paintings. Sometimes I will even "break up" with my painting at which point it goes in the trash, especially if that painting was really needy all the time.
Anyway, I thought it would be a good idea to make a really unsellable still life. The basic rule is; the more your friends like the piece, the less likely it is to sell. Apple and silver platter, bam, gone the next day. Gas mask and crates of wood; better be looking to peddle this off as a Christmas gift. See chart below.
Anyway, doing still lifes are painfully boring unless you at least have some cool objects to look at. I found an old WW2 gas mask, some wood, and a little hornets nest for this particular setup. I know what a lot of you are thinking, "But Dave, what does it mean?" I have no idea, but I know it looks freaking awesome. If you really need an answer, it's about post-colonial existentialism seen through a male gaze set against interpersonal meta-cognition...and stuff.