The Two Travelers will be on display in the Springville Museum of Art from now till the first of July. It was accepted into the 88th Annual Spring Salon.
I am really smitten with the Brothers Grimm tales. I love the "moral of the story" derived by the pecking out of eyes and other gruesome atrocities for the wicked versus happily ever after for the virtuous. When I read these tales I often read them like a parable, looking for the desirable qualities of character and likening them to my self. The habit of a bible-reading christian, I guess.
The Two Travelers is a tale about karma. A tale that shows how what is in your heart leads to your actions and determines your fate. I turned the two characters, a tailor and a shoemaker, into two sides of self. Don't we all live with the conflicting qualities of jealousy and generosity, of compassion and greed, of honesty and denial inside our hearts and heads? The question is which side will you favor. Though the shoemaker did take one of the tailor's eyes out with his little knife, the eyepatch is there to symbolize introspection, searching out what lies in your heart. Wickedness, which never was happiness, is a lonely place. In contrast, goodness connects you to others who buoy you up with love and energy. I like this painting. It's one of my favorites.
As I painted the Two Travelers, I snapped pictures with my phone for tweeting purposes. They aren't great pictures, and they are all taken at different times of day, so the lighting and temperature changes. Despite imperfections, I love watching a painting progression, so I made a little movie/slideshow for your viewing pleasure.