Sibling Rivalry (New Conceptualist Painting)

Sibling Rivalry (New Conceptualist Painting)
Sibling Rivalry (pastel) by Polly Castor Sibling Rivalry (pastel) by Polly Castor

This was inspired by John Steinbeck’s classic novel East of Eden. In the painting, there is plenty of “backstory” behind the prickly action of the moment, encircled by a lopsided heart shape.

Fortunately sibling rivalry is not something I’ve dealt with a lot first hand; in fact I painted this in August and never got it posted here, ironically, because I flew off at the last minute to help my sister out. And I’m also grateful our kids are clear individuals, while maintaining a friendship with each other.

This painting is 18″x18″ and done in pastel. You can see the entire painting above and close up details of it below.

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How is your relationship with your siblings?








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