Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Terry Nelson: Self-Portrait

"The Fool" - Terry Nelson
6 x 12 acrylic on canvas 2010

An exercise in daily painting, I spent less than 3 hours on this - preliminary sketch included. I painted it after an icon of St. Basil the Fool for Christ. The backdrop is a stylized view of Minneapolis from the St. Paul side of the Mississippi river. The burned bridges are an obvious metaphor.
Actually, the painting is meant to be something of a 'spiritual' self-portrait, as such, the entire composition is metaphor.
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Nan said...

This is beautiful! And the burned bridges explain why you don't like to come to St. Paul; no way of getting there.

Terry Nelson said...

Nan you are funny.

Maria said...

Are those open hands for Mary? Lovely...

4mercy said...

I agree! Beautiful!