The inspiration for this figurative painting was the Torchy’s Tacos devil mascot which hangs in their northwest Austin restaurant. A 6′ long sculpture of Torchy looms overhead while you are waiting to give your order, so I snapped a few photos for this figure study. It seems so apropos for my latest oil painting because my biggest temptation is FOOD! I imagine this devil is saying “Wait a minute, you can’t stop at one taco! Try at least two or even three!” Those tacos really are scrumptious; but if I had more than two, I’d never be able to go home and paint — I’d have to nap!
This devilish figurative painting reminded me of a Rudyard Kipling quote, imagining what the world’s first artist might have thought:
And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart — til the devil whispered from behind the leaves “It’s pretty but is it art?”
Ah, there’s the devil, planting seeds of insecurity. Whether you are a figurative artist or teacher, accountant or plumber, we all have to resist when the devil is casting aspersions on our creative abilities. I hope you all have a personal “angel” to build you up and remind you that YOU ARE THE GREATEST!!