Late Thursday Night At The Aquarium
20” X 24”
I came across an intriguing definition of the word aquarium – “an enclosed environment that supports specimens of life.” My thoughts turned to our planet, cocooned by its atmosphere and populated by abundant species. My creation is a world of fantasy. Or, is it?
Thursday commemorates Thor, the god of thunder and lightning. “Wake up” we’re warned through the lightning bolt illumination! An ominous octopus checks his watch and reminds us it’s getting late. A disoriented fish drifts towards an uncertain future in a world that’s turning from serene “green” to one of heat, fire and environmental abuse. No wonder Thor is often an angry god!
The painting presented challenges in composition, message, new techniques, and considerable step-by-step planning. A new wax application tool, a tjanting, took significant trial and error to accomplish my goal. What a journey it’s been and oh, what fun!