Early in 2011 I had painted a 48x60" image of a predator drone, thinking to overlay it with the image of an eagle in “Guardian's” posture, reflecting my world view that the “right,” guided thing is always happening, whether I like it or not. Since I'd never painted a bird in this position, I decided to paint a practice view on stretched canvas – because it felt like an image that I would enjoy over my bed, guarding me.
Splitting it onto two horizontal canvases somehow felt right for it. The image is continued around all edges on both canvases so that each piece could stand on its own, or be display slightly separated. It still bugs me that the wing tips are not visible, so it may find its way to my studio walls again one day, as the tip ends of each wing are added to a small canvas on each side.
Until then, it guards my sleep.