What about our private, individual Stone Ages? What about your art that was a start, years ago, before it ripened? What’s in your art cave? Is it brilliant? Submerged? Rough? Hard to find? From ancient eras? In this post, I’ll share some personal old, extinct art. Some is destroyed, some still exists hidden, and all are my little secrets.
As I considered paleolithic creativity, I began thinking about my own ancient art. Art is transient. Periodically, I clean out and discard my old art. Ancient art in nature is drowned, avalanched, petrified, faded, scratched and licked by animals, mineral-dripped, overpainted, destroyed. Some fragments remain.
I still don’t know why I made this painting, which I named just today after years of existing title-free. It does look like a shaman within a shaman, or big foot, or a gorilla, with magic biceps. And a little hippo is sort of irresistible. Maybe there’s a little bit of Big Bad Wolf, with granny inside. It’s scary enough that it never got hung on a wall. It has a personality…. someone you may not want to meet in a stone age alley by moonlight.
And a few more details of old paintings. I was really into that heavy texture, my own modeling paste, made from thick gesso and lightweight spackle from the hardware store, half and half.
Antique fragments, excavated up from our own lost ages, still have power. What do you do with your own ancient art?
9 thoughts on “My Private Paleolith”
Wow! These are cool!
Thanks, Susan. I have been thinking about the creative source… it doesn’t change. We do, our skills increase, our life moves… but the source is the same…
Toss it! if it continues to remind me of how miserable is was to create, never really satisfied with the results.
Keep it: pieces that have parts I still like, and observe what seems so obvious now and was just “getting” or “not getting” at the time. They remind me that I’ve grown.Thanks for the opportunity to reflect on this…..Paula
I am totally with you, Paula. I’d add, now that we have iphone cameras, we can keep… or crop… the parts we like. And now we can play with those details online, or reflect upon them. We are sometimes Ravens, picking up the shiny pieces of our own past.
These are terrific! I’m glad you put them out for us to see!
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Fun to play with fragments…
I saw a piece of yours recently in a group show… a sort of line of dots that reminded me of paleolithic dots…
Is this for sale❓
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Is that you, Victoria King…. of Victoria and Maggie? FB message me. The painting is for sale for $300… but please be aware that you are looking at magnified details of it, not the whole thing. If you are interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. S.