Painting inspired by the story of Saint Felix in the Golden Legend of Jacobus de Voragine. Saint Felix was a third century saint who evaded capture by Roman soldiers by hiding in a vacant house whilst spiders miraculously wove webs across the doorway, making it look like no one had passed through.
Felix here is an intrepid Victorian anthropologist, showing us spider specimens. Behind him is the chemical composition for spider venom written on the chalkboard. An entomologist’s reverie.
8″ x 10″ acrylic on acid free paper by Julie Kwiatkowski Schuler.
Felix does not contain the black bars nor the “My Good Babushka” watermark included here for security and formatting purposes.
Felix. Work in progress today. St. Felix was a third century saint. There is a legend that he hid the persecuted bishop Maximus in a vacant building. Spiders came to his aid and spun webs across the doorway, fooling the centurions into believing no one had passed through that way. The soldiers were diverted and the two prisoners escaped and lived.
My Felix will be showing off his spider specimens. Work in progress by Julie Kwiatkowski Schuler.
Fever Sick is a painting inspired by my readings of pre-enlightenment faiths and folklore. It was commonly believed that an amulet of three spiders worn about the neck would cure the ague. Although the text didn’t specify, I imagine that those spiders would have been dead and perhaps tied in a little sack. I took some artistic license and imagined how it would be to wear three live spiders. I lengthened the neck to Alice in Wonderland proportions so we can get a good feel for the little creatures and how they must feel crawling over our neck. The painting is filled with lots of undertones of sickly greens and yellows. All these elements combined give the picture a very feverish, swooning, and hallucinatory sort of feeling. 8″ x 10″ acrylic painting on acid free paper by Julie Kwiatkowski-Schuler.
You can get a closer look at it Here at My Good Babushka.
No one uses the word “ague” very much anymore. Pity.
So I will call this one “Fever Sick”
Another day of progress. This is an acrylic painting on paper 8″ x 10″. I almost always forget to include the dimensions.
There was a pre-enlightenment tradition of wearing three spiders around one’s neck to cure one’s self of the ague. I am making a painted illustration of this custom.
Here I’ve been working on the foldy sheets. Something that’s hard to stop once you get started. I’m pretty happy with the sheets under my patient, but the ones draped over the leg need work. I like knobby leg. It’s got a lot of good reds and greens in it.
Did a little work on the face. Making it dark around the eye. Sticky hair clinging to the neck. No one likes that.
Continuing with my ague painting today. If you want to know what’s going on in this painting, you can see yesterday’s post.
Making a big column of a neck. I think it will be a good place to show off the spiders. It has an Alice in Wonderland sort of surreal feel. Also invoking the surreal feeling of a fever delirium.
Ague is my painted illustration of the pre-enlightenment practice of wearing three spiders about one’s neck to cure the ague.
I’m working on a wrought-irony, coppery, rusty looking sort of bed. I like metallic textures. They are fun.
The bed is casting greenish stripey shadows on the yellowish wall. I’m putting in lots of sick colors.