Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Shrinking Violet

"Top Gun House (Dirt Pile) Study"
oil on panel, 2012
3.5" x 5" (8.89cm x 12.7cm)
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Here is a second study for my Top Gun House series, the first here.
I'm still kicking it around in my head so I'll probably do several before deciding on one for a larger version, searching for the right image that best tells the story.

The house, from the movie Top Gun is shown behind a fresh dirt pile on the otherwise empty block being redeveloped.
Since it is being moved to another location and will be refurbished itself the challenge for me was to present it not as a house to be razed but instead against its current surroundings, the site in a state of flux.
The house seemed to be a shrinking violet and appeared smaller when seen on the huge lot all by itself.

Juxtaposing it against the foreground pile gives more importance to the redevelopment of the site. The landmark slowly disappearing from its original location and being pushed out by redevelopment.174

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  1. I think the most important function of art is communication. It may be in a more or less beautiful painting. But beauty is in the interior of the work. The concept and the realization of the picture. Without compromising the public and commercial. In your case I think it is so.
    A greeting.

    1. Yes, and the communication is often the most challenging part.
      Sometimes having the idea and getting there visually is the fun too.
      These are quick studies to help me see and decide the best composition and presentation.
      keep painting...

  2. i think this works compositionally and creates intrigue..... i also like your colour choices here. Good to see you are firmly back at your easel and creating good works. r

  3. Hi Rahina,
    Thanks, I hope to find the right composition to meet the idea.
    Having fun experimenting and working on a large watercolor, several smaller ones and of course the above little oil compositions lately.
    It's good to be back in the studio.