I am almost done with this. Maybe 1-2 days left in my second parody painting on Kinkade. I have a few questions I need from viewers though. Can you see the wrecking ball okay? Can you tell it has smashed flowers underneath? I am thinking of putting caution tape somewhere, maybe across the yard. The sign with say " This Property Is Condemned As Being Unfit For Human Occupancy" I am thinking of adding a tiny sign by the dog saying WTF but not sure don't want to go overboard. In my last few days of painting this I need to paint the animals, add words in the sign and details in the grass and stepping stones. Any other suggestion's?
Here is the first one if some of you haven't seen it
Leah.. I can't get the larger image to come up... just says webpage not found... but on the thumbnail..it is hard to see the wrecking ball or the chain it is attached to..and I can barely see the smashed flowers but perhaps in the larger image everything shows up fine! I love the idea of caution tape! How about a spin on a "Keep off the Grass" sign? lol Always wanted someone to do something with that ... sooo obvious... in a subtle sorta way. Maybe the words on the sign... with the plant in the corner of the sign or something?
Link did not work for me but if you go to her profile/images it is the first one. Looks good in large view.
It occurred to me that Kinkade would but one of those foo-foo little round fountains in matching stonework in the front yard - perhaps the fountain would be a good place for those old beer bottles to accumulate.
I really like the idea of construction safety tape, but this suggest it should be part of a 3 painting series, where the 3rd one is a crime scene. Just saying.
Just what constitutes "crack house yard ornaments" anyway? I can think of none you might want to illustrate, unfortunately.
re your OP yes I see the wrecking ball but I might darken the crane thingy that it is swinging from and highlight the actual ball a bit - the crushed flowers are a nice touch. That said, on second thought, I might not emphasize the wrecking ball and machine too, too much (just a little) because part of the fun of looking at this piece is examining every portion of it and discovering things yourself, so as long as something is there, it does not have to knock your eye out.
Off point: the flowers remind me of a book I loved which I bought only because I could not resist the author's name - Lady Winifred Fortescue wrote "Trampled Lilies" (copied from amazon synopsis): "... from Sunset House in the French Alps she watched the beginning of World War II. Thousands of weary French soldiers tramped past as she searched for food and shelter for them. But as the Germans advanced, Lady Fortescue realized that she was about to be trapped in France. So began her mad dash across the country ..." in my opinion a very nice read, saved from being too Kinkadey by her wry humor and keen powers of observation.
flthe crane could be brighter, or maybe you can add window and control gauge glow like the other windows. often he has reflections on things, maybe you can make like a koi pond instead of the dog, with the crane reflected in that. there would also be more machine behind the treads, it wouldn't float like that. i think to make it more apparent, that window should be smashed and we should be able to see inside it. being that the house is condemned, it doesn't look it, being that there are lights on.
i think to make the mast and ball easier to see the background should be contrast faded like he did, turning a foggy white. and the house a little less lived in.
@ Mike, I decided to keep the windows with light like K"s to get his feel , but I like your idea of the wrecking ball machine having a light and window. Crows hmm will have to think about that, good thought though. MM I disagree, I actually think I captured the lighting better with this one. It just might seem that way because it was a simple snow seen in the first one which took only 2 days to do. But daylight/dawn/dusk scenes are a bit harder than nocturnal ones like the first. But I think I got the warmth of the light better the second one
lol, funny thought Sydne, but I am trying to tone down the bodily fluids in this one since I am putting it in a show in April, and I thought the dog crapping on the front yard would have been too much for them lol
Yes Leah, it's funny you started this thread because I met some people who have some of his work and they heard he had committed suicide so I've been reading about him..He relapsed into drinking a month before his death into drinking and drugging and had died from an overdose of alcohol and valium yet they call it accidental.. There is also a restraining order on his girlfriend to not talk about him..
I agree Robert. I have talked to people that met him in person and said how cold and a jerk he was. Just saying. I am not famous yet but always take time to help artist's that help themselves or give advice. I have an artist modeling for me Monday that paints very well and sells well on Canyon Rd but wants lessons from me and his modelling will trade for it. He fits my next painting perfectly though "The Dog Master" so it's all good
I didn't realize you were in Santa Fe Leah... I'm in Asheville North Carolina right now checking out the scene but have always wanted to live in Santa Fe.. Asheville has a lot going for it but right now it is cold but a few days ago it was 73...
I Love Santa Fe, Been here 1/2 my life. My husband hates it and would have left it since he was born and raised here, but met me 15 years ago so he stayed wishing we could move, but NEVER lol, he would have to leave me if he wants to move since I am planted here. Santa Fe is magical.
Yes it is on the list, next we are going to the florida keys and hide down there till it gets warm but will probably make it out there within the next year... I've looked at studio rentals on line and they're not over the top out there.. We also do house sits online so we are keeping our eyes out for a house sit there... It was really happening when I was there in the 90's..
my husband is a real estate broker I can have him keep his ears open, but things are priced down a lot lately around here, it shouldn't be that hard lately since many are just wanting to rent to someone. Keep me posted. Have fun in the keys, I really could use a vacation like that, never had one
it's funny Dan I was thinking of putting an old tire somewhere. Yes I agree, I can't compete with the first, don't think I ever can lol at least it's mine. but how can I top a dog crapping in the snow? sometimes I have no idea where I get the ideas from lol like a split personality I have to compete with
funny thought Sydne, someone mentioned that one already here or FB maybe for the next one, though I am trying to keep this series without people, but that would be funny like the crane driver getting out to take a piss
Maybe for the next one (or 4 or...) have a classic Kinkade-style cottage, but next door a run-down house, or even a trailer, with all kinds of junk in the yard, cans tossed in the nice house's yard, maybe the neighbor passed out drunk there too.
The demolition equipment gets a little lost in the small version. It looks a little webby.
It does look clearer in the bigger version. Aren't wrecking balls black or a darker color? Just a whimsical
touch there? To help the crushed flowers be noticeable under the equipment, that does get a little lost,
I'd have to look at the bigger version again, you could add some shadowing under them. But don't change things
too much, if that's what you like, it's your style.
The smoke from the chimney is hard to see against the background trees. It blends in with the color of the sky and
the pattern of the branches. Maybe you could change something there.
Great colors and imagination. Will all that wording fit on that sign?
A crane with a boom that short would be useless to demolish a house. Also, the steel wire holding the wrecking ball should be straight, at least until the ball hits the wall. Then, it would bend for a short while slightly the other way at impact. Physics, it applies everywhere, even in paintings. I'd suggest to look at an actual crane doing that kind of work. I find these discrepancies distracting. You asked.
Thanks Ken. It also is kind of a dark photo since my husband takes quicker shots when they're wips. I did highlight the crane and crushed flowers a bit. Added caution tape. painted the dog. But have a model coming over this morning for a photo shoot for my next painting. Hopefully I can get back to this one later today
Think Dali ! Just don't be him, if you know what I mean. (way outside the box) His home, studio, actually turned my stomach, when I was there. Disturbing vibes. The superbowl tv add for go daddy has now lowered the bar.....so have even more fun...and liberation.
And yes, that was the point. What was accomplished by the release of this add? Generating interest and sales.....sales being the end point. It got our attention but mostly in a negative way. Motivated to get a "go daddy" internet POP? Probably not.
Here is the current progress photo again, I know when a new photo is posted in an old thread it can get lost. Should be finished with this tomorrow morning and took many artist's advice on here especially Mike's with lighting of the wrecking ball machine interior