"Earth’s distant orb appeared the smallest light that twinkles in the heaven; whilst round the chariot’s way innumerable systems rolled and countless spheres diffused an ever-varying glory. It was a sight of wonder: some were hornèd like the crescent moon; some shed a mild and silver beam like Hesperus o'er the western sea; some dashed athwart with trains of flame, like worlds to death and ruin driven; some shone like suns, and as the chariot passed, eclipsed all other light." From "Queen Mab" by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1813)

Monday, 24 May 2010

The Folk Art Of Cactus County #16

I’ve been working on a lot of small pictures lately so it is good to have a bigger painting completed for a change. This piece is 51cm x 40cm, acrylic on canvas and is called “Stars and Shields” for want of a better title. Once again, best not to look too deeply for meaning just enjoy the rhythm of the piece. My intention is that for each painting there is a short written work to go with it; not quite sure what I’m going to write to go with this one though. Anyway, here it is, I hope you like it.
Also, I’ve just discovered that there was a short silent Western made in 1912 called “The Cactus County Lawyer” staring an actor called George Gebhardt. More recently, there appears to be a stage musical called “Trouble In Cactus County” (if you follow this link then click on 'past shows' then click on 'Trouble In Cactus County' you can read a synopsis of the show plus there's a photo from it) written by Ken Starcevic with songs by Simon D'Souza. One of the characters is called Carlotta Del Rio, which is quite brilliant. I think both Ms Del Rio and Mr Gebhardt may find themselves named checked in a future written piece to accompany a painting by way of a tribute.

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