Walking Man, Jonah, and The Ancient Ocean

Walking Man, Jonah, and the Ancient Ocean, oil painting on a poplar panel by Jack Baumgartner, 14.5″ x 22″, 2017
Upper panel, Walking Man striding through the arch
Lower panel, Jonah, swimming, yields to the sea monster
detail of the upper panel, with barn owl, Burr oak and cliffs.
Upper panel detail with symbolic structures
Lower panel detail of Jonah

The completion of a painting generally means a decision to stop working on it, otherwise the cycle would never end.  This painting, which was begun in October of 2009 reached that generally unheralded milestone of “completion” this fall, 6 years later.  Technically, the work is not entirely done, as I have yet to build the frame for it, which, especially for my panel paintings, represent a significant part of the presentation and outer composition.  I hope share some of the meaning behind this painting at some future date.

 

Walking Man Sketches

Walking Man Eats Alfalfa Roots
Walking Man Listens To the Roots Talking To One Another
Walking Man Looks Backwards Into Time
Walking Man Hefting Bodark Roots and His Water Pot
Walking Man Encounters the Spirit of the Lord In a Night Heron
Night Heron Detail
Walking Man Finds Strength and Purity and the Morning Dew
Tools of the Mystic (The School of the Transfer of Energy Lexicon)
Ministers of Beauty (S.T.E. Lexicon)
Hyper-Symbolic Tools for Use in the Transfer of Energy (S.T.E. Lexicon)

Walking Man, Root

A new drawing of Walking Man with some contextual review.  And a traditional tune called The Gobby-O, played by the skin of my teeth on the tenor banjo, with spoons and guitar.

Walking Man Becomes a Tree
Walking Man Works At Becoming a Tree
The Unmixing of Walking Man
The Unmixing of Walking Man
Walking Man on a boat in the mist
Walking Man on a boat in the mist

 

Walking Man in the Sea
Walking Man in the Sea
The Comissioning of Walking Man into a Mystery and Problem
The Comissioning of Walking Man into a Mystery and Problem
Walking Man and the Miracle of the Flying Fish
Walking Man and the Miracle of the Flying Fish
Walking Man in the Tunnel of the Ancient
Walking Man in the Tunnel of the Ancient
Walking Man Recovering that which was Lost
Walking Man Recovering that which was Lost
The Legend of Walking Man
The Legend of Walking Man
Adamant
Adamant
Walking Man of the Woods and City
Walking Man of the Woods and City