Here's my contribution to the 'home' theme of the Art Blocks for Ghana project. I found out Ghana means Warrior King & I wanted to incorporate forms found in African sculpture so I tried to incorporate all this & ended up with this Warrior King relaxing at home with his pregnant wife and first born son.
These exploratory thumbnails show my thought process-I started out with the image of a communal tree or village, playing around with sculptural iconography. I guess it's all pretty cliched stuff, certainly not representative of modern Ghana. I was thinking of imagery from a more primitive time in the past. The meaning of the word Ghana led me to the 'Warrior King' motif which I eventually combined with the 'home' theme for the final image.
(Thanks to Don Shank for the Gesso tip!)