Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Silk Scrolls - The 7th Sign or the Apocalypse is now

The 7th Sign is an interpretation of the famous film theme, published in 1988 – therefore the same title – featuring Demi Moore and Jürgen Prochnow. “… and when there is no soul left the human being will be born without a soul!” The legend of The Guf in the Talmud is about the Hall of Souls, a heavenly and sacred place where souls reside until they are born to flesh.

The story of the film The 7th Sign says that the Guf contains only a finite number of souls. Each is “born” into a living being and the sparrow is the only creature which can see the soul descending to the body. That is why he sings.

But no matter how the film ends, the silk scroll depicts an image that is far more gloomy and is rather linked to an apocalyptical vision. The Guf IS empty, there is no bird song and human beings are born without a soul after the loss of the last innocencent soul (therefore the dead pregnant woman on the ground. The earth is burning after the last war and what is left are only hollow shadows represented in the dark transparent figures without a face.

Actually people allover the globe are currently facing a true apocalyptical threat and I wonder how many will come afterwards, somewhere else? It does not seem to end and remains a part of humankind’s history. It is very depressing. I can only pray for the people and the end of all that violence from all sides.

"The 7th Sign"
65" x 23"

“In Jewish mysticism, the Chamber of Guf is the Hall of Souls, located in the Seventh Heaven. Every human soul is held to emanate from the Guf. The Talmud teaches that the Messiah will not come until the Guf is emptied of all its souls. The mystic significance of the Guf is that each person is important and has a unique role which only he, with his unique soul, can fulfill. Even a newborn baby brings the Messiah closer simply by being born. In keeping with other Jewish legends that envision souls as bird-like, the Guf is sometimes described as a columbarium, or birdhouse. Folklore says sparrows can see the soul’s descent and this explains their joyous chirping.
The peculiar idiom of describing the treasury of souls as a “body” may be connected to the mythic tradition of Adam Kadmon, the primordial man. Adam Kadmon, God’s “original intention” for humanity, was a supernal being, androgynous and macro-cosmic (co-equal in size with the universe). When this Adam sinned, humanity was demoted to the flesh and blood, bifurcated and mortal creatures we are now. According to Kabbalah, every human soul is just a fragment (or fragments) cycling out of the great “world-soul” of Adam Kadmon. Hence, every human soul comes from the “guf [of Adam Kadmon].” (Wikipedia)

I think the symbolic character of this silk scroll can be applied to many regions of this world where violence, lawlessness and arbitrariness have taken over, where people are killed no matter for what reaon. Whether you look towards Somalia, Sudan/Darfur, Syria – there is no difference for the people who are the victims of a regime that thinks it can do what it wants. Where has humanity diasppeared to? When does all this suffering end?



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Magic of Crystals and Minerals - Painting an Aquamarine

Some years ago I  started a series about a theme that is one of my favourites: minerals. I am collecting all kinds of minerals, crystals, fossils since I have been a child and my fascination for these objects has never subsided. I love to explore caves, I love to dig up the soil myself in order to find some of those treasures which might be added to my collection. Whenever possible I came home from holidays, the suitcase or car full of treasures.
Half a lifetime ago we once came home from Elba with about 60 – 70 kg of quartz which I had found alongside a narrow road in the mountains after a heavy rain that had washed the earth away, excavating some amazing pieces which are still populating my studio – now full of dust because I cannot find the time to clean them off and photograph them – but this I should do!
Another opportunity was in Caorle, in Northern Italy, during another holiday, where I “demolished” half of the mole because it contained some awesome cairngorms. I came home with lots and lots of lovely quartz pieces.
Nearly all of my collected treasures do not have any value at all besides being just beautiful and thus meaning a lot to me. They are also an endless well of inspiration. And so it came that this series was started.
My intent for these was not a most realistic reproduction of crystal images – photos can do this much quicker – but I wanted to catch the very essence of something that nature creates in perfection. What is the essence of a crystal? Translucency? Not necessarily – there is an abundance of crystals in the metal section which are not translucent at all – bismuth (Bi) crystals f.e. which reflect all colours of the rainbow, or pyrites which glissen like gold.

I decided to start with a painting of an Aquamarine, embedded in a “natural environment”, like a landscape. Of course this is not a realistic image – aquamarines don’t grow like this but this was not my intent.
Nevertheless – the first association we have when we think of the word “crystal” is that of something translucent, clear like water. Not without reason we say “crystal clear” water. And crystals will never fail to inherit something mysterious and seductive. A fact that is deliberatly used by all those fortune tellers and others of this kind!

40" x 13"
Acrylic on Rayon

As you can see I kept the colours quite subdued, sparsely used (as in the real one) because I did not want to distract from the “waterlike” appearance. I wanted to keep this light and airy. The transparency and clarity of water that is inherent in aquamarine crystals has always fascinated me. They belong to my favourite crystals. There is also no reference for size – this could be a tiny group of crystals as well as a huge kind of obelix embedded in a landscape.
Because real aquamarines are mostly very light in colour, sometimes nearly bland (when they have not been manipulated through heat or other exposures in order to increase their value) their main impact is the reflection i.e. the crystals absorb the colours and forms of their environment. This was the subject of this work.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Quilt Art on Silk - Golden Nymph

This is yet another chapter of my work: quilt art.  Not a bed quilt but an art quilt, a wall hanging and much smaller than a quilt that is used for keeping you warm. It belongs to the Asian series. The wealth of Asian motifs and ornaments I found to be very inspirational for a decorative piece on the wall – at the same time it was a reminiscence of my wonderful travels.

 “Golden Nymph”
50″ x 26″

The inspiration for this piece specifically came from a tiny golden sculpture that was found on Java. So I called it the “Golden Nymph”. I cannot even remember where I saw it – the image was burned into my brain and so I made this art quilt.

The gracefulness of this figure, which is so typical for the women of south east Asia, was for me the symbol of femininity. So I did not only want her to have nice hair, made up delicately and adorned with flowers, but also the dress to become something very special and sophisticated.

Dresses or rather sarongs for special events in southeast Asia are wonderful textile artworks. Either adorned with embroidery or precious stones, pearls and golden threads or all of them, painted and hand sewn they are real miracles of craftsmanship and their creation can take hundreds of hours.

Most of these sarongs are very colourful – I decided to keep the colours more subdued and instead to emphasize the pattern of the dress which has been hand painted after the quilting, mixing golden pigments into the silk paint. I also added metallic pigments to the figure itself in order to remind of the golden statue itself.

 In order to create this image on silk I made a simple drawing which then was transferred to the cloth with a “light table”.
If you don’t use such a device very often it is not necessary to buy such a thing. What you need is the following:
2 neon light bulbs which could be connected directly to a socket, 4 cans with the same size (doesn’t matter if you take pees or corn or any other ) and a glass plate or thicker acrylic glass plate big enough to cover the neon bulbs between the 4 cans without touching the glass or acrylic plate. Best is to place the 2 bulbs horizontally in a distance from one another that matches the size of your glass plate.
Now you can place your drawing on top of the plate and the silk or any other thin fabric on top of the drawing and start transferring your drawing lines. Voilà – you have your light table. It helps to use strong marking lines on the drawing and the fabric should be quite thin. Here a 2-ply dupion silk was used.
As I already said the quilting was done by hand before the painting. Hand quilting on silk creates a lovely relief so that light and shadow form their own patterns. So the background pattern was thought as an additional adornment to the figure. A detailed image as below shows that pattern:

A sleeve has been added to the back of this art quilt in order to hang it on a dowel. It also could be mounted on a stretcher frame if desired.



Sunday, January 24, 2016

Reminiscences - The Painting Project from the Olympic Village in Munich


"Reminiscences" is a series of paintings from a photo documentation about the Olympic Student Village in Munich. In 1966 Munich was awarded the Olympic Games for 1972. The Oberwiesenfeld, an undevelopped district of the city, became the Olympia Park and developed later into a famous touristic attraction because of its futuristic roofs. Part of the Olympia Park was a conglomeration of tiny, 2-story bungalows which first served as appartments for the athletes and after the games became part of the student housing of the Ludwig-Maximilian University and connected institutes, mostly for foreign students.
In 2002 part of those bungalows were renovated for the EM (European Athletics Championship) and again became part of the housing of the athletes during the contest.

A famous characteristic feature of the the Student Village were the murals and paintings on the bungalows, expressing the European spirit of the times with graffiti and bright colours, motifs from comics and other subjects, a very colourful collection of images. The bungalows were in a desolate condition after 35 years. The city decided to tear them down and rebuild them with new units rather than renovating them. This happened 2007- 2008.

The new bungalows are a bit smaller even but provide more appartments for the new students who have now inhabited the village again. The sad thing yet is, that all the murals and other paintings were lost, as well as the charming green jungle, that grew up in the past 35 years including some smashing wonderful cherry trees, which were a feast for the eye each spring. The new village is supposed to carry new colours again. There was a competition organized by the city where "artists" could present their ideas for new murals. But this was really not the same. The spontaneity was gone, the charm of not being so very perfect was gone, the people and community would never be the same again. It is like dancing for the tourists only in the meanwhile...Sad indeed.

Therefore I decided to put up a little "memorial" by creating a detailed photo documentation and turning part of these photos into a series of paintings which depict the colours and forms, the peeling paint and rotting walls of the original bungalows...

In order to make these paintings available for everyone I decided to get the originals made as fine art prints on real 420 g/m cotton canvas, finished with a matte varnish. You can finde these in my Etsy Shop.

  18″ x 26″
acrylic on cotton

I have no idea who lived in these bungalows, which are history in the meanwhile (which means they don’t exist any more)  and who painted the walls but the colours were just so vivid and friendly that they made you smile...

Here is the original photo from my documentation that I used as a reference:

( from the “Doomsday for the Olympic Student Village” photo documentation)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Magic Creatures on Silk - Nautilus

The Pearlboat from the Deep Sea

Nautili are living fossils. And they are beautiful. A creature, that will hardly be ever seen alive by someone, unless the one is diving in the area of Palau in the pacific ocean and is extremely lucky. Another chance to see such a wonderful creature alive is the Waikiki aquarium on Oahu on the Hawaiian archipelago. This is the second painting of the small series Magic Creatures.

40" x 13"
silk, stitched

The habitat of the pearlboat – which is another name for the  Nautilus – are the steeps of the pacific coral reefs in greater depths, at about 300-400 m during the day. During the night he ascends into shallow waters for feeding. You can find him in the sea of the Andamans in the western hemisphere to the Fiji islands in the East, from the south of Japan to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and the archipelago of Palau.

Pearlboats belong to the head-feet (cephalopoda) and therefore are part of the family of the octopus, squid and cuttlefish. Different from the octopus the nautilus has a wonderful shell, which protects his body, but is his curse at the same time. Collectors on the entire world are crazy for his polished mother-of-pearl shells which unfortunately can be used as a single decoration or are worked into jewellery or other decorative and precious objects.

Researchers of the University of Hawaii have found out that the nautili mate and lay eggs in slightly warmer waters. Assumption is made that nautili enter shallower depths to lay their eggs on hard surfaces like rocks or coral. In 1990 the Waikiki Aquarium successfully hatched its first young nautilus in captivity. For the above reasons it is extremely difficult to observe the nautlius in its natural environment so that hardly anything is known about its habits. Therefore it is important to protect this beautiful animal before we lose the opportunity to get to know it.Therefore it is also imperative that their shells are not marketed and sold.
To my dismay I have found that these shells are even offered on the Internet which is an abomination. PLEASE DO NOT BUY THE SHELLS OF A NAUTILUS OR ANY OTHER SHELL OF A SEA CREATURE!!!!!

The shell of the Nautilus is not only the protection for his body but also his means for navigation. While most cephalopods float i.e. are neutrally buoyant the Nautilus allows gas to diffuse into the gap between the mantle and the shell. This way he can descend or ascend but he is not a very good swimmer.

Nautili reproduce by laying eggs. The females attach the fertilized eggs to rocks in shallow waters, whereupon the eggs take eight to twelve months to develop until the 30 millimetres (1.2 in) juveniles hatch. Females spawn only once per year and regenerate their gonads (after Wikipedia). The reproduction cycle is therefore quite long – another reason for the Nautilus being an endangered species.
What is extremely astonishing is that the lifespan of nautili is long and may exceed 20 years! A very long lifespan for a member of the cephalopoda.
Altogether we still know not enough about this creature and how it can be protected other than through a general ban on catching and the use of the shells..

This silk painting  tries to show the beauty and the magic of this creature. For this reason I chose a more realistic and detailed presentation. My greatest wish is that everyone who sees one of these wonderful shells relinquishes to buy one. Only a boykott of the offered pieces will destroy the market for them and might give the Nautilus a chance to survive…


Monday, January 18, 2016

Krishna and Radha - Part IV

The Lotus and the Image of the Woman in India

Here I am talking about another detail of the bas-relief - the lotus on the left side panel. The apsara is presented standing on the leaf of a lotus plant with her right foot. The lotus plant has a very special meaning in Buddhism as well as Hinduism.
"The lotus is one of the most well-known symbols of Buddhism. The lotus flower is one of the "Eight Auspicious Symbols" in the religion, and is one of the most important images in the faith. The roots of a lotus flower extend into the mud and the stem grows up through the water and the flower blossoms above the surface.
In Buddhist thought, this pattern of growth signifies the progress of the soul from the primeval mud of materialism, through the waters of experience, and into the bright sunshine of enlightenment. Though there are other water plants that bloom above the water, it is only the lotus which, owing to the strength of its stem, regularly rises eight to twelve inches above the surface." (from religionfacts)
 Also in Hinduism the
"Lotus Flower is one of the most popular symbols in Hindu religion. It is believed that Lord Brahma emerged from the navel of Lord Vishnu sitting on a lotus. Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu Goddess of learning, is shown sitting on a lotus. Lotus flower is a symbol of eternity, plenty and good fortune and Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, is usually depicted with a lotus flower."
"In Hinduism, Lotus represents the concept of primordial birth from the cosmic waters of creation. Lord Brahma emerging from the navel of Lord Vishnu symbolically represents that life begins in water."   (from hindu-blog)
The lotus flower is also strongly connected with female symbols:
"The lotus is the foremost symbol of beauty, prosperity and fertility. According to Hinduism, within each human is the spirit of the sacred lotus. It represents eternity, purity, divinity, and is widely used as a symbol of life, fertility, ever-renewing youth. The lotus is used to describe feminine beauty, especially female eyes.
One of the most common metaphysical analogies compares the lotus' perennial rise to faultless beauty from a miry environment to the evolution of consciousness, from instinctive impulses to spiritual liberation." (from Lotus Flower)

As an interesting detail - the foot was fully sculpturized. You can see this in the following image which shows the reverse side of the panel:

Now we get to the right figure of the triptych. With this apsara I wanted to pay homage to the incredibly artistic and elaborate skills of the Indian temple dancers with their gorgeous jewellery and sumptuous headdresses. I could watch them for hours.
Unfortunately Indian temple dancers were discredited in times of colonialism, when the beautiful women became the concubines of European lords as well as the maharajahs of that era.

Although the status of women in India has changed substantially over the last centuries - at least officially by law - most women in India are still dependant on their families, husbands, especially when they belong to a lower caste and do not own the same status as men. Still the majority of women has to obey the requirements of society and this may be something completely different than the offical law.

Women in India continue to face numerous problems, including violent victimisation through rape, acid throwing, dowry killings, and the forced prostitution of young girls.
And despite studies abroad and even university degrees women often are required to acccept wedding arrangements. Just to mention an example. The sad truth is that women often have an excellent education but never have the opportunity to work in a well-paid job as a logical consequence. Instead they are getting married and become mother and housewife while responding to the family request. What a waste of energy and time despite computer era and film industry! I got to know this from my own circle of friends and not hearsay.

(will be continued)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Painting Process of "Rain Dancer" and Pete's Story Part 2

Painting feathers was really a time consuming “job” but it was also entertaining and I was learning a hell-uva-lot about the consistency of feathers and how you can interpret them in colour. It looks in fact so simple but I realized it was quite tricky especially where you didn’t have much different shades because the feathers were all white or all grey. The contours seemed to disppear yet it was necessary to show their fluffiness and make them look 3-dimensional. Otherwise the whole painting would have looked completely flat.

Although I was working from a lot of photographs here I realized that I needed to know the bird, you needed to actually see how the feathers grow and in which direction the bird could fluff them up.
I had been watching Pete since nearly 2 years and still he surprised me again and again. I was enchanted by his lovely plumage which he always kept in utmost care and beauty.

And while I was observing “our” pijjies closely I also realized that the birds could make different face expressions: Pete f.e. sometimes made a funny face as in this portrait because he loved showering, sometimes he looked sad and depressed (especially in bad weather) and sometimes he looked really content – when he could take a sunbath.

Here you can see the progress of the painting::

Back to Pete's story part 2 (from the diary):

"The 19th of February 2011 was a sad day – it was the day when Pete disappeared. Without having a visual proof I knew a couple of days later that he would never come back, that he had gone over the rainbow.
What had happened?
I think it started already in Dec when I realized that Emily’s eggs were not fertilized any more but at that time I could not interpret this correctly. Emily continued her regular breeding cycles but each time I checked her eggs they were not fertilized. Both seemed to be perfectly healthy – not a single sign of sickness. So I assumed it was the “fault” of Emma not of Pete.
On the 3rd of February you could read in the diaries:
…Then I took the bathtub outside on the balcony and they all jumped into the water. Pete was the first and other than usual fighting for it he was simply overrun by the whole gang. Later…
2/15   Again nothing special happening.
Then on
2/18   Emma laid her first egg #62
2/19   Since this morning Pete has disappeared.
2/20   Pete is gone and I am sure he has gone over the rainbow. I am extremely sad and crying a lot because I loved him so much. He was such a personality. Our balcony family will never be the same again. There are so many memories and when I think about all these little stories I am getting even more sad.
I found something very strange in Emma’s poop today – it looked like a little red bean and I took it into a piece of paper. It was relatively soft, I tore it apart and the inside also looked like a bean but it definitely wasn’t a bean. My suspicion is that this was the second egg and Emma triggered something like an abortion because she knew that Pete was gone – could this be?
I forgot to photograph this ominous thing but then I was still too shocked about Pete’s disappearance.
2/21   I am worried about Emma and how she is going to cope with this.
2/22   I hardly can believe it – Emma is interested in Rudi and exchanges kisses with him! Now we really have problem – or not?
What had happened the last days before Pete’s disappearance?
I had realized that Pete was getting old apparently and somehow uninterested in everything that happened on the balcony. While he was aways chasing off foreign pigeons in earlier times – pigeons who did not belong on our balcony – he let go everything in the last weeks. I thought that he was getting old. He seemed to be tired like old people but I wasn’t sure. He seemed to be healthy as usual but he did not eat with such an appetite as before, was content after a few of his favourite seeds – sunflower hearts – and preferred to perch on the balcony balustrade and simply watched only everything that was going on around him.
His plumage was shiny and looked beautiful as ever but his eyes were tired somehow. I missed the spark that had always been there.
Then – during the last days of his life as I knew later – he spent an unusual long time in the nest together with Emma for several days. They were cuddling with each other much more than before and I found that quite strange. I knew Pete loved his wife very much and they were often together kissing and cuddling but now?
In the night before the 19th of February Emma laid her first egg. In the morning when I checked the balcony Pete was gone. He must have left very early. But I was not worried yet because he often flew out early in the morning and came back after a while. But then it was midday and Pete was still not back. He should have been in the meanwhile because it was his turn to sit on the egg. I became nervous and did not understand. Emma did not seem to be worried at all and that irritated me completely. I have observed several times how nervous and anxious pigeons can become when the partner went missing, even trying to find him. But Emma did not seem to bother at all. In the evening Pete still had not returned. In all these years this never happened once and I knew that he was gone. It was a shock.
I was totally hysterical and cried and did not know what to do. I knew though that it was useless to look for him. I was sure that he had gone over the rainbow. On the other hand I clung to the thought that maybe he was attracted by another female and went with her but in my heart I knew that this was a stupid thought. I simply could not accept the thought that an era was over, that Pete, our lovely Pete was gone.
Today I firmly believe that Pete knew that he was going to die and that he spent his last days with Emma so intensely to say farewell to her.  That is the only explanation for me that Emma’s behaviour was so cool and unimpressed after Pete was gone.  She literally did not mourn the loss but rather went on with her life.  She got even rid of the second egg by expelling it out of her body, knowing that no other male would help her to raise Pete’s children (she could not know that the eggs would have been exchanged anyway of course).
Pete has taken care of everything. I am sure that he even had chosen Lucky as his successor for Emma because it took only a few days until Lucky became the new partner of Emma. You can call me insane and over-imaginative but I am absolutely certain that everything was planned.
The only thought that still haunts me is the question where did Pete go? Is there a place pigeons go where they die when they know in advance? Similar to the places elephants go or wolves who know that their time is over? Who knows?
The thought that there is a place deep in the woods somewhere comforts me a bit. But how could I know for sure? I miss Pete from all my heart and while I am typing this I am crying. I will always miss you, the way you were looking at me, so knowing, your funny little antics, your courage and your sovereignty.  I love you so much Pete. Forever. You were a gift and a blessing. With you everything began…"

I still miss him. Pete was a very special character...


Monday, January 11, 2016

A Painting from the Pigeon Series - The Rain Dancer

I am starting with the 3rd painting of the pigeons series because it's a portrait of Pete, the patriarch of our pigeon family. Who was Pete?

"One day, on a sunny morning in March 2008, a pigeon appeared on the balustrade of our balcony on the higher levels of the appartment building. There was something about this pigeon that made me wonder who he was. Normally I would have chased him off – as I usually did – because of my ignorance, because I did not like them pooping everywhere, because they made so much noise  in the early morning that you could not sleep any more and overall I did not like pigeons very much… But this one – it was different.

He somehow reminded me of another pigeon who regularly visited our balcony for a few minutes. We called him Mr. Whitecap, because he was light grey, with white wing feathers and a white cap. And he had one badly crippled foot that made him limp. But nevertheless he appeared again and again for about 5 years and then disappeared. I respected and admired this bird for coping with this injury and apparently having a strong will to survive. How little did I know then… And now this new pigeon appeared on our balcony, looking very similar to our Mr. Whitecap whom I somehow missed and I was suddenly sure that he, the new one, was an offspring of Mr. Whitecap. He did not have this white cap but he was the same light grey blue barred pigeon, his wing feathers were white and he had at least a few white spots on his head and a really beautiful face and very intense eyes. I just had this feeling…

He – the new pigeon – let me observe him while I was inside but as soon as I opened the balcony door he was gone. So he was really a shy one. I was eager to know what would happen next.To be honest – nothing really happened for a while besides that he appeared one day and then was gone again for several days.
But one day he appeared again and with him came a tiny little pigeon lady, a dark grey one, with no special markings besides a sweet face and with somehow slanted eyes which were reminiscent of Asian eyes. I  had started to observe these birds closer, noticing more details about them and somehow they suddenly became more and more interesting for me. I really cannot say any more when this change of mind happened but there was clearly a change.

Pete, as I called him in the meanwhile, and Emma, his mate, still appeared only sporadically. Obviously they were a couple and both very shy. At the very moment I opened the balcony door they were gone. One day I observed them how they kissed each other and started the courtship mode. It was so interesting to watch this and I found it very sweet.  So touching. I knew I could not chase them away any more if this should become an option.

In the meanwhile I put my plants out on the balcony again while the weather had become warmer. Also our pigeon couple seemed to get more accustomed to our presence and did not take off immediately any more when I openend the door. But they still flew away as soon as I came nearer than about 3 meters. And then one day, when I was watering my plants, I realized that Emma had silently built a “nest” behind a large planting pot with chlorophytum, that I had placed on another very large planting pot, that was filled with earth, just beneath the long leaves that were hanging from the pot. And she had laid 2 eggs. So what to do now?
As I did not know how long she was already sitting on these eggs I decided to leave her where she was and tried to do everything a bit more comfortable for her i.e. I placed some more planting pots around her in order to protect her from further disturbance and view. And I had still no idea what would come next. Oh my – if I had known before…

Things took on and then one day – on the 9th of April in 2008 – the first egg hatched and out came something tiny, with golden-yellow “hair”, a big head, huge feet, some strange huge eyes which still could not see, a wonderful living creature that changed our lives completely. This was Willy, our “first born”….

And then, two days later, little Joey climbed out of his egg shell….

So Pete became the first life model of my pigeon series. Rain Dancer would have been much more impressive if I had painted especially this one on a much larger canvas. But so far I don’t have the space for really large canvases. Here is the final result:

"The Rain Dancer" 
18" x 26"
acrylic on canvas 

Here are some details of the finished painting....

(to be continued - part 2)


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