Big ideas! Small timeframes!

Ugh, there is something I wish I could share with you, Internetlandia! It would be pretty and artsy, but alas — one must sit on their hands and wait. Then, I can share and all will be lovely. Hint: it’s about papercraft, and who doesn’t love papercraft? (Well. Except for you, paper-phobics. My bad.)

"Le déjeuner sur l'herbe," Édouard Manet

Basically, imagine if the people being ogled in this image... were guys. AM I RITE, LADIES?

Since writing an entry about how Planning For A Trip is strange when you’re an adult ends up boring me halfway through, I figure talking about the ideas I’ve had swirling around in my head for paintings couldn’t hurt. After all, this is an art blog first and a me blog first and a half*, it would behoove me to get such things off my chest. Think of it as an “I.O.U.” marketing ploy:

  • SECRET COMMISSION FUN TIMES: A dear friend from IU Bloomington has commissioned me to paint a little something something for her room pending her return from a blur of summer fun interning in the Big Apple! Since it’s a commission, it only seems fair to discuss it after the completion of the project, but this is something I want to get cracking on as soon as I come back from The Great Big Montana Trek.
  • WOMEN IN HISTORY (OR: MORE FORAYS INTO RE-CONTEXTUALIZING HISTORY): Since I can’t leave well enough alone in history, the idea of doing a series surrounding mad fierce bitches like Boadicea and Joan of Arc in the context of now has been haunting my fume-induced dreams. Mainly, I just want an excuse to paint Boadicea in a motorcycle jacket like she’s some ginger love child of Joe Strummer and James Dean, but whatever I am prepared to justify my desires.
  • THE WOMAN’S ROLE IN NARRATIVE: This is pending a few tips on research courtesy of a former professor of mine (mad thanks to TS if she ever reads this!), but I’m keen on messing around with the women’s role as the object both in visual and literary narrative. There’s this one painting that I wanted to find to illustrate this concept, but I can’t find it for the life of me. Instead, you’ll have to deal with translating the image above (and who doesn’t love a little Manet for visual interest in their blog posts, anyway?) as way of teaching aid. Although really, the little caption underneath is helping me along quite nicely. “What if the male was the sexual object of this image?” Um, good answer. Alternatively, what if the female audience was controlling the dynamic of this image? (Although, one could say that  — er, let’s leave that rant for another time.) Extend this to the treatment of Hemingway’s women in a visual manner and that could get really interesting, no? P.S.: I promise that this will not be an excuse to delve into pop culture and be like, “Poor Taylor Lautner and his oft-abused abs. Let’s paint almost child porn about it.” Because that’s gross, blog readers, that’s just gross.

Fact: it disgusts me that it is almost the end of July (prep work and big vacay included) and I haven’t gotten started on any of these, but never fear! There are two weeks left until the start of school after I get back, so clearly this time will be used to rock the studio. Either that or I’m going back to the studio mid-August crying in shame, and that cannot be.

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*Let’s face it: talking about art and my thoughts about said subject is a vainglorious enough pastime that I feel safe in saying that my first priority is half-talking about myself, anyway. I bet I think this blog is about me, don’t I? Don’t I?
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