The Difficulty of Taking Aim

Published on 12 May 2023 at 22:23

Medium: 4 x 6 Acrylic

Date: 1981


“The Difficulty in Taking Aim” is a four-by-six-foot acrylic painting of two shamans. One tries to take aim while the other coaches him. The painting captures the essence of mentorship and guidance, as one shaman helps the other to focus and achieve his goal. It talks about relationships and the power of being connected to another.

I created a small version of this painting in watercolor that I wanted to explore further. This piece was so alive in my head as I translated it to canvas.

The background blue was made from manganese blue mineral grounded in the 1950s. This unique pigment adds depth and richness to the painting. I built the final picture over several months during a 5-year period, carefully considering each element and its contribution to the overall composition. I hope that the result is a powerful and thought-provoking work of art that invites the viewer to engage in interdependence. Life is connected and never alone.

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