Figurative Art: ‘Devilish Charmer’


‘Devilish Charmer’ — Oil-on-Canvas Panel Figure Study — Valerie Rawlings

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!!

About Valerie Rawlings

Austin, Texas oil painter focusing on portraits, landscapes and still life paintings
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2 Responses to Figurative Art: ‘Devilish Charmer’

  1. Karen McDonald says:

    I’m calling on my personal angel to be with me whenever that devil whispers in my ear so I can tell him to go to hell where he belongs!!

    • Valerie says:

      Wouldn’t you guess that as a group, artists are more insecure about their talent than others? There are certainly few who make enough money at it to support themselves, so they don’t get the financial reinforcement that you get in any other field. I guess artists must stick together to be their own cheerleaders! Thanks for being mine!