Gouache & watercolor on birch
11 x 18
The first of a series dealing with archetypes from folklore and fantasy literature. Here I played with the shepherd character, one who leads a cast both physically and spiritually (represented by the crook and lantern respectively). Often portrayed as an agrarian figure closely linked to the story of Jesus, the shepherd’s role also extends into that of a guide into the spiritual realm or afterlife which is where the scythe comes into play. Lastly, the three objects are intended to not only allude to the Holy Trinity but also the auditory illusion that the work takes its name from. The Shepherd’s Scale is a manner of overlaying tones that continually ascends or descend in pitch, yet which ultimately seem to get no higher or lower. When used effectively, the scale is able to convey a sense of extreme tension or anxiety in the listener.