This piece took me a long time to finish, because it seemed to be missing a central theme. Not every painting needs one, but this one did. There are a few layers to this painting, because of my adjustments. But I'm satisfied with the results.
In my description, I say "This painting is about facing unsurmountable odds, the best that you can and believing in yourself. In the end, you'll be remembered for your courage and your enemies for their weakness. This piece contains, among other things, a few references to the battle of Thermopylae, where King Leonidas and a number of Spartans, generally accepted as 300, fought off thousands of persians under the command of King Xerxes."
It's not quite out of my system just yet. ;-) I'm also finishing up a simple composition now, somewhat minimalist and that painting will be photographed and probably uploaded tomorrow. THERMOPYLAE will be for sale on eBay tomorrow, just follow this link after 7PM PST.
On other fronts, my Navigator is still in the shop. It's been stressing me out to the point that I was up until 4AM last night. They were supposed to call me today, but I guess I won't hear from them until monday. I've already looked into replacing the air ride with a coil conversion kit from either Arnott or Strutmasters. Strutmasters seems cheaper. We'll see. I am still blindly hoping it's the relay.
Also: Watched "Savior" (1997). Amazing performance by Dennis Quaid. Very violent in parts yet very beautiful and sad with a message of hope. Not typical Oliver Stone. I could identify with Quaid's character and the movie did not sacrifice one ounce of believability to satisfy conventional movie formulas. Highly recommend if you can endure some pain.