Painting "Arachnid of Paradise" by Hunter Madsen

"Arachnid of Paradise"


This rendering of an old agave plant, with its disturbingly arachnid gestures, was one of my early experiments to create alienated beauty.  I went about this by inverting the black and white values of this image and then recolouring the subject to approximate roughly its original hues - so that at first glance the plant looks relatively "normal" to the eye - but then I introduced a striking enhancement in the vivid leaf tips and the "tarantula's" central body tone. The result resembles water-color painting, but brings a controlled color-intensity and structural precision to the subject that is not typical of that medium. 



TITLE - "Arachnid of Paradise"
WHERE - San Diego, California (2014)