Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Cardinal Sins

Seven cardinal sinsThis is one of the last real paintings I made, in 1984; in acrylic on a bit of old board.

All the inner circle to the Pope:

Envy; Gluttony; Anger; Avarice; Pride; Lust, and Sloth.

Later, I did another larger version, with a background of a burning capitalist hell, and better versions of most of the faces, but I never could recapture that wonderful little envious Irishman, on the left. The original came to me in two minutes flat, and was finished. It's never a good idea to try and improve on what comes out first.

You'll probably notice that that was exactly what I did to Sloth, on the top right hand side. No matter what I did, I couldn't get the picture of laziness right.

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