I decided to really skull things up with this particular Vanitas, by creating a totem of skulls. It's been a lot of fun playing with unique objects to create interesting compositions. The bear skull in the painting was from a hunting trip of Kate's cousin. I actually even got to eat a bear burger from the animal, though I was a bit unimpressed. Every time I try bear meat, I want to like it so much because it is the most manly meal possible, but it simply doesn't cut it like elk or venison does. I killed the other animals myself with a shovel. Didn't eat either of them, though I hear bald eagle is delicious. Tastes like freedom...
Note: If you are an animal activist, don't read the paragraph above.
before on the blog. I don't do it much, but it is nice to have an additional stage to build up paint and try to nail the colors.
Anyway, enough about painting. I want to talk about my new Fiskars axe. One of my favorite things about living in the countryside is I can justify these purchases. Plus it is a business write off as it can double as a painting mahl stick.....and a killing maul stick. (see how I did that with the words) Since buying my new axe, I have decimated everything in my path made of wood or otherwise and pray for the zombie apocalypse to happen. When it comes to annihilating nature, shop Fiskars.
NOTE: for the kids at home, the bald eagle skull is actually just a very good replica. I haven't destroyed the symbol of America (which happens to live mainly in Canada)