I haven't yet written on this blog about why I chose to create paintings of skeletons with hearts. When I decided to start selling art on a fence in the french quarter of Nola I was also taking an anatomy class as part of the process of getting my massage license transferred to Louisiana. Drawing helps me to learn so I started making these little skeleton paintings to reinforce my studying.
|"Falling In Love" is the design I used on my first Beautiful Bodies painting|
In old graveyards people would rent a temporary internment space and after a certain numbers of years their remains would be moved into the ossuary and sometimes the monks would make sculptural things out of the bones. I was so intrigued and inspired by the boldness of using actual bits of people artistically and the stunning geometry of what emerged from these macabre crafting projects.
|Sites of other ossuaries from the back cover of The Empire of Death|
|The Empire of Death by Paul Koudounaris, 2011|
|River Styx, acrylic on raw canvas, 7.5' x 4', 2011|
|p. 118, Seldnec Ossuary, The Empire of Death|
Here are a selection of some of my Beautiful Bodies paintings: