Thursday, June 12, 2008

Finally: My Surrealism Final

So we were supposed to do a truly surrealistic painting for our final. I decided to really push it and not hold back at all. A lot of the examples from other artists that he showed us had scenes in them that were very busy and some were simple with only one main focus.

As you can see I went for the very busy. I wanted to go with my cupcake theme from my past work. My instructor said that sometimes you just start with a scene and go from there and then things just start flowing and take on a meaning for the artist. That is what happened with me....a desert, then cupcakes, then babies, then women etc. This painting was a labor of love. It took up so much of my time and by the end I just wanted it done, but I loved it. I actually ended up cutting out some of the elements I wanted to include (see initial sketch.) My instructor suggested that I add in cast shadows...DUH! I am an idiot. I don't know why I didn't, but I will probably go back and add them in later.

Ultimately, I think the piece is a commentary on parenthood, children and relationships. I will keep the specific meaning for me to myself :)

All I can say is this is THE CRAZIEST piece I have ever done and I am glad I had to do it. I learned a lot from it and it was fun.

The other part of our final was to do another surrealist piece or to do a painting that we feel could be showcased in an unusual "gallery" situation. So I did a cupcake. Surprise and would put it in a bakery. I am also interested in doing other sweets, candy and cake. I LOVE DESSERT!


Close up and the painting in my studio.
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