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"O" IS FOR...


8" x 10"
mixed media on masonite

That is actual hardware attaching the head study to the support. The main surface is a mixture of sand and gesso.

Comments (7)


Wow! Talk about bolting something down! Did this idea just come to you or did you 1st think about a painting using bolts?


I knew from the inception of the piece it was going to have alot of texture and dimension. I was experimenting with the idea of actual shadows being cast in the work, so using small nuts and bolts was a natural progression.

I did a couple of pieces like this.


Boy, she looks pissed. "O" is for... Ornery? :)


What is the caption on the portrait?

I really like the bolt idea. At first glance, I thought you were dabbling with photorealism & painted them in--shadows, glare & all.


It's just a small note about the source of the drawing....a Caravaggio detail from "Judith Beheading Holofernes".

I see. The maid Abra in "Judith Beheading Holofernes" looks more shocked than angry to me, but perhaps I'm reading too much into your frown and nose area.

So what is "O" for? Beheading?


Old...odious...off-putting...ominous. That's the whimsical nature of the title.


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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