The Obedient One (surreal painting) | Laura Kranz
Select Page

The Obedient One (surreal painting)

Art | 1 comment

He ventures onward,

Invading darkness with a crimson creed.

Though madness beckons with the songs of slain,

His feet are forward, and his heart is true.

So blaze a trail, and blaze it well,

With fire stronger than flames of hell.

Your sacrifices were not in vain,

But I have called you to a different plane.

 

My strong protection is stronger still

You couldn’t lose it and you never will.

For I am with you, though you stand alone

Below the kingdom that was your own,

Where you shall linger, and you shall stand

Until I send you the special one.

 

Well done, my good and faithful servant.

Painting specs

Title: The Obedient One
Dimensions: 4′ x 3′
Materials: Acrylic paint, charcoal, and gel medium on canvas
Series: Part of the collection Lest More Navigate; created as part of my body of work in 2011.

About The Obedient One

The Obedient One is a large surreal painting that was first displayed as part of the collection Lest More Navigate. Now it’s part of my personal collection. I use it to make sure anyone who breaks into my house immediately knows they are in a bad place, and they should leave.

I mentioned that I used charcoal in The Obedient One. What I didn’t mention is that I only used it for about 15 minutes of the entire process, which was at the very beginning.

While getting the idea down on the canvas (an idea involving principle #7 in my list of tips for getting surreal art ideas), I discovered that you can pretty effectively sketch on canvas with compressed charcoal and water. The water turns the black dust into more of a paint-like material that makes it easy to swipe in large areas that you intend to make dark later. But without the hassle of squirting out any paint onto a palette or mixing colors.  Your art teacher might not recommend the approach but I find it quite effective and think you should give it a shot. ;)

The painting is on a four-foot-wide canvas. You’ll notice I maintained a lot of the dripping paint and rough brushstrokes for a very non-polished feel. I really prefer a style of painting that leaves a lot of the evidence of the process that went into the work still available to the viewer.

This is also a painting style I use in the following pieces:

… to name a few.

Here’s a shot of the charcoal and water base layer after 15 minutes of sketching.

And here’s a photo of The Obedient One hanging in a Colorado Springs coffee shop.

Check out more creature art

Take a look at more art pieces based on imaginary creatures.

Explore

Blood Waterfall: a surreal landscape

The mountains define me they confine me they own me I know how to escape First we lost the beacon....
Read More

How I use creativity to deal with pain

Pain is inevitable. Even for the most privileged, pampered person on the planet. We're all going...
Read More

A Lizard Can Be Caught with the Hand …

A lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings' palaces. —Proverbs 30:28...
Read More

Hand-lettering 2 Thesselonians 3:3 (video)

But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. —2...
Read More

How to lead people with authority problems

A lot of people have authority problems. Like me, for example. I have massive authority problems....
Read More

Pin It on Pinterest

Laura Kranz photo

Let's stay in touch

Join over 1,000 others to hear about my latest projects and giveaways. You might even have a say in what I make next. I’ll send something your way no more than once per week.

You have Successfully Subscribed!