State of Peter’s Crazy Aunt as of 8 Jan 2012

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Edward G. Nilges, “State of ‘Peter’s Crazy Nuts Flibbertigibbet Knucklehead Aunt Dances on the Strand to the Music of Bach, and the Music of Clifton Chenier (the King of the Bayou)’ as of 8 Jan 2012”, black and white reproduction, acrylic grisaille on canvas, 60 * 80 cm

Edward G. Nilges, “State of ‘Peter’s Crazy Nuts Flibbertigibbet Knucklehead Aunt Dances on the Strand to the Music of Bach, and the Music of Clifton China (the King of the Bayou)’ as of 8 Jan 2012”, color reproduction, acrylic grisaille on canvas, 60 * 80 cm

Edward G. Nilges, “Detail of State of ‘Peter’s Crazy Nuts Flibbertigibbet Knucklehead Aunt Dances on the Strand to the Music of Bach, and the Music of Clifton Chenier (the King of the Bayou)’ as of 8 Jan 2012”, black and white reproduction, acrylic grisaille on canvas, 60 * 80 cm

The true colour reproduction shows that the shadows’ predominant colour is blue.

I died for beauty, but was scarce
Adjusted in the tomb,
When one who died for truth was lain
In an adjoining room.

He questioned softly why I failed?
“For beauty,” I replied.
“And I for truth, — the two are one;
We brethren are,” he said.

And so, as kinsmen met a night,
We talked between the rooms,
Until the moss had reached our lips,
And covered up our names.

Emily Dickinson

Almost time to buy colours: burnt sienna, blue, yellow ochre. Perhaps a little cadmium red but no cadmium yellow. Trees with scrambling branches and leaves that float in front of them should be added in grisaille to the base of the Boring Mountain. The child’s face needs a bit more work.

The soul unto itself
Is an imperial friend, —
Or the most agonizing spy
An enemy could send.

Secure against its own,
No treason it can fear;
Itself its sovereign, of itself
The soul should stand in awe.

Emily Dickinson

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