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#American Zed

Finished 16” x 20” acrylic on stretch canvas

So I spent about a half an hour writing a blog post about this latest painting. Unfortunately when I pressed publish it disappeared. I have no idea where it went and I was like darn it that was a great blog post if I do say so myself.

Here I go again. A couple of years ago when my daughter Lily graduated from high school and at her graduation party we created a photo booth that included a handheld Polaroid style type frame made out of white eraser board. Guests could group together and write on the bottom with dry eraser markers on the bottom of the Polaroid goofy, cheesy, wise sayings or hashtags or the what not and then hold the frame up and then take a picture.

Well one of the pictures that was taken is represented in this painting. When it was taken I thought it was cute but it wasn’t until I saw the picture a few days later that it really spoke to me on so many levels.

First, this picture immediately reminded me of American Gothic painting by Grant Wood. It is said that Grant Wood in the 1930s went back to Iowa where he was from and saw an old farmhouse. He was inspired and wanted to do a satirical painting about the architecture of an old Iowa farm house. He titled the painting of the old farm house & its farmer & wife “American Gothic” as in reference to the lack of Gothic style architecture and it being the Midwest’s version. It’s further written that he utilized his sister and his dentist as models for this painting.

So now this is my version of a satirical painting of what I envision of a young Generation Z couple would look like on the World Wide Web posting on different social media sites, sharing their selfie’s.

I give you #AmericanZEd

Throwing it Back a few hundred Thursdays

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I’m sitting here taking abreak from organizing some photos from 2015 and I came across this lovely one. I remember the moment I first saw this Van Gogh in person at MET in NYC. Titled, 

“Wheat Field with Cypresses “

 

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What struck me first, was the movement he captured through the direction of blobs of paint and the choice of colors and paint strokes. I am looking forward to viewing Van Gogh’s Self Portrait and Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London.

 

What I am finding of another inspiration is the way I might be able to use oil pastels in directional strokes as well as scratching some off to give finer detail on my paper. I am excited to explore the medium in the field with some Plein Air painting.