daily painting | north woods deer skull

This buck skull was on the windowsill of the cabin in Wisconsin. It was compelling — it had a voice and a mystery and called to me. I wanted to do a monochromatic painting of it (Daniel Smith Moonglow). This painting pulls me in. I have been a bit obsessed with death since my mom died 13 years ago. It is the great enigma that we cannot understand until we take our last breaths. The final great adventure. Earlier this year in a space of 10 days I attended 3 funerals, and since I am closer to the end of my life than the beginning, I find these questions fascinating. But not scary. I just want to live to the max until the very end — to be awake, to pay attention, to create, to love.

8″ x 10″ watercolor, pen on paper = $100