- Sep 2, 2003
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Here are some recent ones that I never got around to posting here.
This first one was from a challenge to "modernize" a famous painting that you feel strongly about, either positively or negatively. After flipping through some art books and going online, I discovered I detest this iconic American painting, American Gothic by Grant Wood, c. 1930. The man's assertive gaze is contrasted by the averted gaze and vaguely troubled countenance of the woman. Wood meant for the viewer to know this was supposed to be the man's daughter, though I've also seen her referred to as his wife. Either way, she stands behind him and stares at the back of his head. Slap him silly!
I changed everything to bring it to modern day. I could never paint with Wood's stylized realism; he's terrific. So I stuck with a "folk art" approach that doesn't ask much from the artist. It was important to me to reverse the stances; the hubby here is a step behind his wife. It was also important to have a person of color in this modernized couple, and she was easier for me to sketch, frankly.
Instead of the barn with the actual Carpenter's Gothic window behind them, I envisioned these two doing typical 21st century couples' stuff: a Saturday run to the local WalMart. The logo and store design suited the background, and I gave the hubby a rake, and the wife a near-hero's stance.
I'm kind of sad I couldn't execute this one better, because I like my concept. Oh well.
American Gothic, Redux:
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Another one I came across (I put them all aside to eventually spray with a UV matte finish, and sometimes forget about them), was my attempt to play with a Picasso-inspired dual-face. Kind of a profile, kind of not, and any palette suits. I also liked practicing with the flowers. Just playin'.
These were both on my fave paper, Arches Oil paper, 12x16". Mungyo Gallery and Neopastel oil pastels.
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