Nicholas Baxter

Blog posts tagged “oil painting”

Notes & Advice 12: What To Consider When Setting Up A Still Life

Discussing some of the subtler points of still life setup with Jake Meeks of Fireside Tattoo Network and Podcast.

Part of my alla prima still life painting workshop for sale on the fireside website in video module format.


“Pest”, oil on panel, 11 x 11 inches, 2019






















Here’s a silly random painting I made recently.

Oil on insect shaped panel
For @christian1perez ‘s “Metamorphosis” art show at Hope Gallery in New Haven CT, September 7, 2019


What if humans are actually the cockroaches, infesting this beautiful planet and spreading disease, pollution, war, garbage, and waiting to be exterminated by an increasingly angry Mother Nature?

This ridiculous painting started with that premise, or nagging question, in mind, and then just snowballed from there…

Coming up with an effective composition on a laser-cut beetle shaped panel with very thin arms sticking out proved difficult, and eventually led me right back to the most obvious solution: acknowledge the shape of the panel with the image itself. Why slap a random image on a bug-shaped surface? So I slapped a bug-shaped semi-self portrait of me on a bug-shaped surface.

The inspiration for the tattoo on my, uhh, its? back was an ancient Egyptian temple carving of a scarab beetle, and then I paired it with a classic traditional Americana tattoo dagger.  The inspiration for the butthole and sack from the back was–ahh, actually, I’ll just stop there. Enjoy.


“Pest” (detail)