Intermission, March 2022. 17h 30m

The curtain pulls back, and there's no show to be seen.

I painted Intermission in two parts. The first step was in March of last year, and in that version I had a very bland backdrop and sky. It was not a very good effort, and I would return nearly a year later to re-paint the backdrop. It changed completely, and for the better. It bothers me that I did not save the original, but it was truly terrible.

From a process perspective, this one was challenging. The preceding picture, Uncertainty, has a small, triangular frame for the viewer to pass through, formed by the occlusion of the grasping hand and the tunnel. So the scene was challenging to construct, and my original vision was for a line of disintegrating floor tiles to extend into the sky.

Well, that changed in the repaint, and the tiles became the earthen pillars you see here. It's maybe a less coherent transition, but it's a lot more interesting to look at.

The upper fold of the curtain occupies the same space (and shares an outline with) the back of the grasping hand. It will probably be necessary to have it be a hand when the sequence is assembled and animated.

Overall, I think this is one of the weaker ones. But I like looking at it, and I enjoyed painting it.

The Hylozoist is a long-form digital project I began in February 2020. Each painting tells a story, and each painting tells another story when viewed in context. Also, each painting can be followed to the next painting in the series if you follow the most interesting thing in the scene.

To see more paintings from the project, click here.