Four More Sins – Ira, Avaritia, Invidia, Gula

by Alden Cole on January 12, 2015 · 0 comments

“The truest mark of having been born with great qualities is to have been born without envy.” – François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), Maxim # CDXXXIII

3273.1WPIra, Avaritia, Invidia, Gula • Anger, Avarice, Envy, Gluttony • 2 oil paintings on canvas, 40″ x 32″ each. A diptych that can also be seen with pieces switched.
3274.1WPJune 2010: Having earlier done a painting in January with three of the seven deadly sins portrayed, I started thinking about the remaining four which I planned to depict on two same-size canvases, smaller than the one on which I’d painted the first three.

SketchAAt left, the initial quick sketch that inspired a photo session from which I gleaned four poses which formed the composition’s basis. By mid-June I was in high gear transferring the idea to canvas, as the DaVinci show Seven, for which these paintings were being done, was days away.
PhotoCompWPThe actual process of painting happened in a rush of creativity over four days, each canvas requiring a couple sessions, with a few minor revisions made several days later, shortly before delivery to the gallery for hanging the show. Needless to say the pairing of paintings taking up a 40″ x 64″ space on a wall made a strong statement at the gallery’s opening reception July 10, 2010, evoking numerous comments but alas no sales. 😉

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