I had been compelled – to put it mildly – to paint a portrait of Set. And this is exactly what I did. I bought the required materials and found that the artistic hunger that I had ignored for so long came gradually rushing forth. Rapidly, and strongly.
I then painted a portrait of Heru, followed by Sekhmet and then Maat. I was churning the paintings out at a rate. I noticed that with each painting my technique and skill got sharper. I made friends with Paul Compton at one of the artist shops here in
and took his advice on many things from brushes, to colour, to textures. (He
has been really valuable to this process). Melbourne
I had another 3 portraits planned, and then a meditation revealed another inspiration which “demanded” attention, and thus I painted about the Lion Path experience!
Returning back to the portraits, I commenced Amon Ra, and the 1st of 17 tiny little canvases from a planned series called “The Avenue Of Little Votives”. I have only completed Set for this series so far.
I am completing Khepera right now, and have a massive painting of Set sketched out onto a canvas which is the next project. I most likely will paint that one in conjunction with the last of the portraits, Sokar.
I am only compelled to paint Kemetic themes. This is in keeping with my thing of bringing the Netjeru back into the world. Part of that is how to bring Them to this world so very different from the ages where They existed previously. Part of my artistic quest is to make images and art that are unmistakeably Kemetic, but in a way that is not solely focused in the antique past. How to provide an updated version?
In my portraits you can see that each Netjer has a halo. This was inspired by visiting the Coptic Museum in
in 2010 where there were examples of
the Kemetic transitioning into the Christian world. I have made other
interpretations here and there too, such as with wigs and colour for example. Cairo
|I love this picture of Set, my first painting in my new era, on my easel in my Shrine / Meditation Room|
|My largest painting endeavour is ahead of me; this image of my sketch projected onto this big canvas (it is bigger than me!) has been pencilled and is ready for realisation|