Todays work involved excavating the face of this first mythic dreamer. The original drawing had the excavation placed in the head.
Carrying on an idea sketched out some time before when I began thinking about using Gobekli Tepe as the subject for one of these large paintings.
A lot of this work had been lost in the monoprint portion of the work, for various reasons, so I have spent the day restoring the idea to the new painting.
If you look carefully you can see that the left cheek of the sleeper has now been opened up, as the earth is when a site is excavated.
This is based on a photograph I took from the internet which shows the site of the first main temple at a stage in its excavation.
Here is the image I am using.
You can see the 12 great pillars forming the circle, each one a figure, shoulders inwards. Every pillar carved with a variety of animal like images, suggesting a mythology connected to each figure, as well as an overall narrative. They circle two enormous figures. They are enormous these stones – 15 ton each, 15′ to 20′ high.
Integrating this actual excavation with the rest of the figure is my current preoccupation. I have the next canvas stretched and will be drawing the second panel soon.