Here’s a mixed media thing I made a while back. So… that happened.

General Maximus Decimus Meridius: “Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?”

– Russell Crowe – Gladiator

About this image: (where to start?) map drawn in colored pencil – stained  & tinted with acrylic; charcoal portrait – gel medium transfer onto painted paper – mounted on wooden frame; hand-built polymer clay mosaic tiles – painted with acrylic; all mounted in 12″x12″ stained wood panel


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  1. Dude. You are so brilliant. I know that’s what I always say, but I mean it!! Your mix of mediums is nifty and so unique. Stay well!

    • You are always far too kind to me, El! I thank you very much for that! More than anything… the… um… ‘unique’ mix of stuff around here is just my excuse to play around with stuff.

  2. Last year, I went to a museum exhibit about the eruption of Mt Vesuvius. There were amazing artifacts from Pompeii and your art looks just like one of those frescoes that might have been in the homes of the wealthy!

    • Hahaha… I don’t know about that, Madame… let’s just say it made me… super cRaZy. Still, I thank you for that! Very much! For a while after I made all those silly tiles I was seeing little polymer squares every time I closed my eyes. I’m just happy that finally went away. I was getting a bit worried.

  3. I can’t help but think of the Pontius Pilate scene in “The Life of Brian”

    Pilate: “Why do they twitter so Centuwian? What’s so funny about Bwian”

    Roman Centurian: “I think it’s a joke name sir, like Singius Songus or Bigus Dickus”

    Pilate: “What’s so funny about Bigus Dickus??? I have a fwiend in Wome by that name”

    • Thanks very much, Patti!
      I hadn’t made a mosaic of any sort before (although I’d wanted to try it for a while) so the whole thing was a bit of an experiment. A messy, messy experiment. A fun one, too, though.

    • As it couldn’t contain your kindness, Ms. D! I thank you very much for that!
      Mixed media is always a good excuse to try out all kinds of different things… which I always enjoy (even if it does tend to get a bit out of control at times)!

    • Thank you, B.F! Yeah… and the sad part is stuff like this always takes me at least twice as long as it should… so you can about imagine (I was seeing tiles when I closed my eyes)!
      That’ssss very kind of you, B.F… thankssss for that!
      *in my best Sean Connery*

  4. I remember that line from Gladiator, it is where
    he slaughters them all and then throws his sword
    into the blood thirsty mob 🙂 Bloody wicked that 🙂

    And of course the statement reflects within this
    excellent painting of yours, it has some excellent
    features and with the many layers, it adds to the
    excitement of the whole piece 🙂

    I also like the frame effect as it adds depth to your
    painting, and thus transforming it, on a pedestal is
    a good description I think, mainly because it has
    such a fine quality to it 🙂 Well done SIG, yet again
    you have pushed the envelope on your artistry
    and triumphed 🙂


    • Certainly one of the more memorable scenes, isn’t it, A.G? I was just thinking (as I posted this) that I really need to watch it again… some very powerful stuff in that film.
      Thank you so much, my friend! It’s probably a good thing I’m not much of a fine carpenter or these things would get out of hand in a hurry! At some point I’d like to do some almost Renaissance looking altarpieces / oils… on a huge scale… wall-sized (8 to 10 feet +/-) but it will be a while until I work up to that sort of thing.
      Thanks so much, Andro!
      You are always so incredibly kind, sir!

    • Hahaha… I don’t know about that, U.M… I had a difficult time just making tiles. Annabelle makes some pretty amazing polymer clay things, though. Her pumpkins would actually look like… pumpkins. Which would be nice.

  5. Jeez, there was a lot going on to produce this…and it works!

    I thought of you the other day when I downloaded a drawing/painting app for my tablet and was playing around with the stylus, trying to make sense of it all with no instructions. I felt like a real artist! Kinda.

    • Aw, thanks Peg! I appreciate that very much!
      Sounds very cool! I’ve been thinking about a tablet for quite some time. Most of the stuff I do in Photoshop works out okay without one… but I can definitely see the advantages it would have for making selections, etc. (and it would be a big asset for Illustrator).
      Happy to hear you are having fun with it, Peg! I bet you’re doing some very cool things – maybe I can even talk you into posting a few pieces?!

      • People have always refered to me as kind, kind of old, kind of dumb, kind of weird, kind of….well, you get the picture. Someone once even said I have kind hair…the kind you find on a goat.

        • Hahaha well… um… it’s kind of nice to be thought of, anyway, right?!
          Seriously though, Bo… you are such a kind fellow… I can’t imagine there are too many folks who don’t hold you in the highest regards!

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  7. Love mixed media pieces. This one is very effective.
    I think that our society has become more responsive to mixed media as a reaction to high tech digital production. As the digital/internet world blends and stretches borderlines, we seem less restricted in the physical world in the way we combine creative expression & use materials. Body art and bagel-heads are likely an expression of this trend.
    I am waxing the floor philosophical again. Need to get out more. 😀

    • Thank you very, very much, sir!
      I believe there are many folks who do seem to appreciate things like this as digital progresses…
      for others it almost seems to work the other way, too. I know people who just ‘Google’ everything and have come to expect that ‘instant’ result… you tell them how long you put into a project and they’ll look at you sideways. Of course there might be other explanations for that, too… because I could stand to get out more as well, you know!

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