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The Dreadful Nightmare

The Dreadful Nightmare

“Expressions of Empathy (Volume III) – Human Nature vs. the Nature of the Human” Oil on Canvas
An impasto technique (heavy paint application & texture), rich in movement and color, serves to create a whimsicality for this fantastic image of a horse in bed while awakening from a nightmare. Balance is created in this painting by the offset positioning of the bedroom window. A surreal nocturnal theme depicting human nature as it responds to fear of the unknown, is clearly stated in this composition. The mare has been frightened by unspeakable dreams, and now she wakes only to find a more dreadful vision before her. Terrified by the craning shadow of oddly elongated human hands, the mare becomes far too petrified too move. The horse is used in this composition to portray how one can easily become alarmed by unfamiliar sounds, movement, and sites; especially during the wee hours of the night.

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Something’s Missing

Something's Missing

“Expressions of Empathy (Volume III) – Human Nature vs. the Nature of the Human” Oil on Canvas
Two snakes are affectionately inter-coiled in a desert atmosphere, yet something is unsettling about this union. The subtle symbol of infinity (a figure 8) has been rendered in the design of which the snakes are inter-weaved. The humanesque expression on each of the serpents’ faces reveals a dreary quality of morose and discontentment; the connection is being severed. The desert sky is filled with shades of dreary grays and blues to exemplify a somber mood. The two poor creatures have weathered the storm, rain or shine, as it shows in their tattered and somewhat flayed skin. The difficulty to shed this skin is apparent. The eggs have hatched, and the young offspring has left the nest. All that surround these sullen reptiles, are rocks and desolation. Although they have remained intertwined, the male (right) reluctantly erects himself from the coil, as this suggests departure. The female (left) sheds a solemn tear, and appears to remain coiled in the nest.
Dry brush on loose thin washes of cool hues were used to create atmosphere for this composition.

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Primal

Primal

“Expressions of Empathy (Volume III) – Human Nature vs. the Nature of the Human” Oil on Canvas
Sheer animal nature is exhibited in this composition, as two black panthers mate under a moonlit sky.
The primal aspect of human nature is often described as ‘animalistic’ in erotic relations. The two big
cats share humanistic form (i.e., the bend of their limbs, and their human-like positioning)
as this insatiable intercourse transpires. Deep shades of purple are contrasted with midnight blues,
and high lighted with pale hues of cadmium and chromium yellow. The Phallic and/or sperm, is symbolized
by the tail of the male cat, and the moon represents the egg, and/or womb of the female.
An emphatic display of ecstasy is displayed in the expressions of both feline creatures as empathy is being heightened and conveyed.

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A Playdate

A Playdate

“Expressions of Empathy (Volume III) – Human Nature vs. the Nature of the Human” As children we learn what it is like to overcome our diffidence when becoming acquainted with a new playmate. Everything appears to be new, colorful and vibrant; particularly in the environment of a new friend. Brilliant colors seem to surround us when we are young, and when we are happy. Here, are two innocent mice depicted as young children, meeting one another for the first time. The expressions are bashful, and the content is pure. Toys of bright rich colors surround the two subjects to illustrate the liveliness of childhood in all its vitality.

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Overbearing Presence

Overbearing Presence

“Expressions of Empathy (Volume III) – Human Nature vs. the Nature of the Human” An extreme play on words is used from title to subject of this piece. A polar bear is used to signify the polar circumstance of the goings on in this composition. While completely out of his element, the huge
bear remains confident while blowing smoke, with a rather imposing absolute assurance. The bold colored tie, big cigar, and flashy wristwatch are but a few accessories which define the subject’s character. Heavier strokes are used on the bear to accentuate his sense of dominance. Although a thick application of paint is used in the background, the humans remain less significant in defining the theme of this work.

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The Mother-In-Law

The Mother-In-Law

“Expressions of Empathy (Volume III) – Human Nature vs. the Nature of the Human” Oil on Canvas
A proper introduction might be the best way to become acquainted with relatives of your beloved companion; especially the mother. How will you live? What can you afford? Where do you work?
Are you pregnant? Will you have time for children? These questions may be among many inquiries asked by an incessant soon-to-be mother-in-law. The background of this composition is a black & white checkered wall paper to symbolize opposition, resistance, and positive/negative tension. A bright coral colored octopus with unfurling tentacles, is used to represent the mother. Her mission is to delve into the situation to prevent any unfortunate circumstances. The bright colors, and oddly contrasting patterns in the room, are to signify the contradiction to the mother’s sense of order and control. The young couple strains to keep their composure as the dinner affair has gone amuck.

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Foolish Confessions

Foolish Confessions

“Expressions of Empathy (Volume III) – Human Nature vs. the Nature of the Human” Oil on Canvas
A humorous connection among comrades is depicted in this composition, as three apes gather in the shade and shelter of the jungle’s green. After a summer shower has ended, these life-size primates continue conversing, as the fun has just begun. Each has a story to tell more fantastic than the other’s. At their feet, beer, cards, dice, and a basketball. Surrounded by the simple amenities commonly used during male bonding, these amiable apes find it quite easy to pass the time, come rain or shine. Strong rapid strokes were used throughout this painting, to give it an animated, yet life-like quality. The focal point is in the eyes of each ape, to further enhance their personalities.

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Among Friends

Among Friends

“Expressions of Empathy (Volume III) – Human Nature vs. the Nature of the Human” The theme of this painting’s title is expressed by the warm tonal quality throughout the composition of the piece. It is imbued with washes of sepia, sienna, and umber tones. In the foreground, a nude man is depicted on arms and knees, soiled and saturated with slip and slop while feeding among pigs. He appears to be comfortable here, and relatively shares a behavior common among his friends. The loose brush strokes applied, aid in indicating the uninhibited demeanor of the man, and its similarity to the instinct of the accompanying swine. The face of a female counterpart to the man, is subliminally suggested amidst the path by the use of scattered tree limbs. The positioning, and expression of the face implies a “looking down upon” disposition to the man, his actions, and the company he keeps. Despite any alternative point of view, our subject revels in the thought of feeling free while feasting away among friends.

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Hungry

Hungry

“Expressions of Empathy (Volume III) – Human Nature vs. the Nature of the Human” Oil on Canvas
This painting serves as the introductory piece to the third volume of Lord Toph’s “Expression of Empathy.” It exceeds all other paintings in this series in scale. The theme of “Hungry” is deliberate in subject matter as it is in title. The imagery is defined by two wolves on a breaking surface of ice. The wolves appear to be scaling across chunks of broker ice devoid of fear, while maintaining a stealthy conviction to attain their prey. A monochromatic color scheme of blue is utilized in order to indicate aggression, and a cold, remote climate. Bold un-blended strokes are used to create tension and rigidness, to illustrate a definitiveness in the wolves’ mission, and severity of climate. “Hungry” stand alone in this series, as animal nature being a correlation to that of human nature, and the instinctive absolution of each.

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Flirt

Flirt

“Expressions of Empathy (Volume III) – Human Nature vs. the Nature of the Human”
Oil on canvas
Wind swept hair, makeup, manicure, accessories, and cell phone; all the things this sunbathed bird needs in order to appeal to the eyes of onlookers, and avid admirers. Social savvy laced by feminine flirtation is what makes this flirty fowl more popular than most. Thin applications of vivid color create a vivacious setting to express the femininity and flare of the figure. While the strokes remain thin, and loose, the imagery reveals sufficient detail in illustrating the subject. In the background, two curved palms or coconut trees were added to represent to males observing as swooning suitors.

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