A little behind on posting this piece. I actually started "Batman" the Monday before the film's opening and was just getting to painting it when the news of the tragedy in Colorado reached me.
I was in the process of designing/painting the red lettering... I stared at it for a while... the questions began to flood into my mind: Was the piece in poor taste? Was continuing disrespectful to those who were injured or lost their lives? The red paint just sat there, and so did I.
I am first and foremost a Coloradan - blood and bone. The Rockies are my calling and I dream of the Mile High City often. I, like so many others, was there for the Columbine tragedy and with them, I hoped it would be the last. It wasn't - we just don't seem to learn from these events anymore.
A few days passed and then it hit me: Batman hates guns. Recalling this fact gave me some momentum and I ultimately finished the painting some days later.
"Batman" (temporary title) is ink and gouache on paper.
My heart goes out to those who were murdered/injured and to all my fellow Coloradans.
---> Kinda has a weird Atari game cover feel doesn't it?