Paintings: The Benevolent King

"The Benevolent King"
5 x 7"
Acrylic on canvas board
For Sale ~ Contact me if interested

It's good to be the king.

Some paintings spiral out of control and become something much, much more than the simple idea that birthed them. It all began with the thought that a vulture's feather ruff looked like the top of a cape or fancy collar, which of course meant he needed a crown. A crown naturally requires a throne; I realized while painting that the latter needed to be made of bones. The grimmer the throne became, the more ostentatious the vulture's trappings needed to be--hence the addition of jewelry and lace. Whether His Majesty's nature is true to his seat or to his finery is for the viewer to decide.

It would be remiss of me to not share "The Benevolent King" in its destined frame. The frame is one of my infamous 99 cent Goodwill finds, albeit from several months ago--one must grab good frames in the moment and trust that their painting will come along. Indeed, the elaborate detail and oxblood hue helped decide this painting's look and color scheme.

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Artwork and text © Arden Ellen Nixon