Happy Accidents of the Swing

On tip toe

Earlier this spring, I started a new painting with dark looming green storm clouds. At the end of May, I posted an early sneak peek on my blog, which you can find here.  The painting took a bit of a back seat over the summer and then I went away on my Ox-Bow residency. I don’t like leaving paintings unfinished, at least ones that I think are worth finishing, and this is probably the longest that I’ve left a painting before returning to it. I’m happy to say it is finally done!  At 24″ x 36″ in size, this is the largest and most ambitious of the Of Myth and Men series. I’m still thinking of a suitable title, but in the meantime, here are some teasers – details without revealing the whole painting just yet.

This patterned section of the painting took an entire week to do in June
Floral patterns & stripes galore
A leopard bears its teeth

And one more hint, the painting is based on Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s famous Rococo painting Les Hasards Heureux de l’Escarpolette, which translates to The Happy Accidents of the Swing.  The painting is more commonly referred to simply as The Swing.

Fragonard's The Swing (c. 1767)
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