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Skull Mountain by Joe Bloch 18x24" Acrylic

Skull Mountain by Joe Bloch 18x24" Acrylic

Just adding some finishing touches to this painting. This was inspired by a visit to St. Lucia a few months ago. The inspiring Petit Piton overlooking the Caribbean was such a beautiful and jaw dropping view, I had to pay it homage in a transformative way.

Petit Piton, St. Lucia

Was there a way to incorporate the beauty of a natural scene compromised by industrialization and urbanization? Could the two live together? Did a symbol of a skull need to be inherently toxic or could it symbolize a greater entity keeping an eye on the landscape?  

This painting has many layers carefully built up over a period of weeks. Paint was added and scraped off. Tools dabbed paint on, and sticks scratched it off. Yellows, Blues and Metallics were layered to enhance the appearance in different lighting conditions. Bold, graphic black lines hold the major forms together and add contrast. 

Started with a black canvas and used a white charcoal pencil for the sketch

Started with a black canvas and used a white charcoal pencil for the sketch

Added a base coat of some textures and colors

Added a base coat of some textures and colors

The painting was originally going to be a night scene, but I decided to convert to more of a cloudy day

The painting was originally going to be a night scene, but I decided to convert to more of a cloudy day

Skull Mountain, Acrylics on Canvas, 18x24" 

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