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48" x 24"
oil on canvas

So here's the finished painting. Thanks for putting up with my little experiment. I got a kick out of all the comments.

I'll be trying this again soon.

Comments (15)


Came out great! Still get that 'face in a star field circa 2001' vibe.

Amazing. Would that I could see the world through your eyes.

Sorry, John, gotta be a bit of a critic. The relative intensity of the white patches in the upper left corner of the work detract (or at least lead my eye astray). Maybe taking them to a 50% +/- saturation level would allow them to blend better. I realize you strive for the antique or battered feeling but even an old battered work gets a patina of age on its scratches and chips.




The whiteness is not out of character for an old painting on a [quarried stone, man-made amalgam] wall.

Over time, as moisture interacts with the alkaline materials in these walls (e.g., limestone, marble, stucco), a process called efflorescence takes place.

The accumulated residue can be--& often is--stark white.

Ancient walls don't age exactly like antique textiles.



I like the way it turned out. Thanks for the insight.

Hey 360

I see your point. I happen to like the whiteness of the wall scars because it's picked up in the white discoloration of the the entwined leaves. The whiteness is eye-catching but I think it balances out the face....kind of splits the focal point.

Hey T

Thanks for the back up. I've seen detoriated walls like this quite a bit. Nice to get the science behind it. And thanks for the kind word.


I like it, the minimalism, using the grain of the stone to define?

I like.

Remarkable transformation. I like it.

I'm amazed how each Step implies a different symbolism and direction to my eye, with bits of each shining through, from water spots to celestial to wooded nature to night.


I thinks that's the remarkable aspect of showing developing stages. I have a good idea of where the piece is to go, so I'm not distracted by the emerging shapes that do not have anything to do with my intent. Yet, I'm aware all the layers exist and I try to let them show through. That's another minor theme I try to show in my work: layers exist in everything.


I thought you might have gone big, but it came out just right in my mind.

Frankly, the stone itself was art, and didn't even need your help.


also, I don't know if you did this on purpose, but the split in the stone, cutting the face in half?

There is something in that that I really enjoy.


I thinks that's the remarkable aspect of showing developing stages.

You actually show your modality. It's an experience for me, because as I say regularly, I'm not an "art" guy.

But seeing how you work actually makes me appreciate not just your art, but the art of others, because some people actually care about the creation of the works.


Thanks for the kind word.

The stone crack in this one suggests her beauty is fragile and subject to time. But even the "aging" process itself has aesthetic value.


We were not "putting up with your experiment"... it was rather a pleasant trip and hopefully, you will take us with you again.





John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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