“Walk Like an Egyptian”
At my opening Friday evening, I was discussing with a patron the effect of teaching art in public schools for 25 years. As an art teacher, I taught 7 different classes each day, running the gamut of different artists, art movements, cultures, and history in a huge variety of media. This experience has affected my personal thinking while I make art. Subconsciously and intuitively, I draw from the rich cultural heritage of human experience, while reinterpreting old ideas into my own artistic style.
After this painting was completed, the song, “Walk Like an Egyptian” leaped into my mind. Often times, a soundtrack begins to play as I contemplate the resolution for a painting. Then a snatch of lyrics suggests the title.
As discussed in the last post, the figure is elongated, with an emphasis on geometry, pattern, and an extravagant hairstyle. This painting called for a simple and light-value background to showcase the figure. Random dark brushstrokes over a lighter ground of earth toned strokes solidly grounds the horse. The splatter wash in the deeper background lends atmosphere.