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Leah Saulnier The Painting Maniac

1 Year Ago

Kinkade's Worst Nightmare 2-need Your Opinion

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?

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Here is the first one if some of you haven't seen it
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an empty bottle of booze and valium?

 

Good one Robert, didn't think of that. Maybe a small pile of beer bottles or the like ty

 

Catherine Howard

1 Year Ago

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?

 

Michelle Calkins

1 Year Ago

the link is broken for me too

 

I don't get it. I will go to my front page and try. Had a hard time loading it earlier, wonder if faa has probs

 

before I edit I wonder if this link works
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Ginny Schmidt

1 Year Ago

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.

 

Okay Fixed!

 

Andrew Fare

1 Year Ago

Hi Leah, very humourous. I like the theme and I often see the first one on the recently sold page. For your new one how about a pest control van in the driveway.

 

good thought Ginny. A fountain though would be pretty intriquite for the final days in this one. Maybe the next one. Thanks though

 

another great thought Andrew maybe the next one also! I should have come here first for suggestions before I painted it lol. Wrecking ball has to stay though for this one.

 

Penny Hunt

1 Year Ago

LOL, you are so creative! How about 'Get off of my grass'... (we always say that joking about cranky people, not sure where it came from?)

 

good one Penny, someone said that already but maybe I should add that in, and ty

 

Barbara Moignard

1 Year Ago

How about a police crime scene tape - across the door?

Edit - or a foreclosure notice.

 

good thought Barbara, but my caution tape was going to have that similar feel already. If I put crime tape it might cause suspicion of his death I might not want to add in something like that

 

I also meant to ask am I getting the Kinkade feel in this? I don't copy his work but have to get a good feel for second look from viewers to then get the parody.

 

Gregory Scott

1 Year Ago

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.

 

lol Gregory, you never know. I have to say I LOVE painting Kinkade Parodies , I hate painting landscapes but I laugh all through it when painting, so much fun to make fun of.

 

Ginny Schmidt

1 Year Ago

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.

 

Barbara Moignard

1 Year Ago

Would it be too cruel to make the dog foaming at the mouth?

How about a demolition plunger in the foreground?

 

Mike Savad

1 Year Ago

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 Savad

 

MM Anderson

1 Year Ago

I don't think you've captured Kincade's lighting quite as well in this one as you did in the first. It feels like your colors are a little bright. I love it though. Have you ever seen those yard signs with a pooping dog and a line drawn through it? http://www.dogpoopsigns.com/Dog-Poop-Signs/No-Dog-Pooping-With-Symbol-Sign/SKU-K-2269.aspx That might be a cute addition.

 

Sydne Archambault

1 Year Ago

And there is always the demo driver whizzing on the flower bushes.....

 

Janine Riley

1 Year Ago

Crows. You need a few Ominous looking crows Leah. Which could lead to branding, bringing you right back to Poe

 

Sydne Archambault

1 Year Ago

Oh Janine absolutely....crows.

 

@ 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

 

Sydne Archambault

1 Year Ago

Leah you could have the demo guy whizzing on the flower bed with a crow on his shoulder. Yeah that would be an interesting touch.

 

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

 

He was known to wiz in the streets drunk declaring his territory....

 

Lol, Really Robert? Wow

 

Jani Freimann

1 Year Ago

It does seem a little clean...maybe the caution tape you mentioned wrapped around and around the house...might be too much.

 

Sydne Archambault

1 Year Ago

Well where I'm from its quite common for whizzing in the backyard and crows in the trees! (: And then there is the pig roast and a keg.

 

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..

 

very interesting Robert! Very funny Sydne, hmm a pig roast, I actually was thinking of doing that sometime, but I used to have a pet pig and my memories take over lol

 

Elizabeth Lane

1 Year Ago

Thomas Kincaid.........an example of the price of becoming a "famous artist".
Personally, I think it is sad.

 

He did a lot of it to himself though, mainly it was Greed

 

Sydne Archambault

1 Year Ago

His life was tragic. I did not know the circumstances, it seems he was always looking for home. I hope he found it.

 

Janine Riley

1 Year Ago

Oh, the story was not so light and lively as it was played up to be on the popular home shopping channels.

 

Yes I found myself feeling sorry for him too, even though it was his own doing.. He was very aggressive and he paid a price for it.. It wasn't the fame that did it to him it was 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.

 

Well you may see me there someday..I was there in the 90's and fell in love with it..

 

That would be awesome Robert, do you think you will come and visit sometime soon? I am kind of a weirdo but a serious weirdo lol if you meet me in person, would love to meet more people on FAA

 

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

 

perfect..lol..I will keep you posted for sure

 

Dan Carmichael

1 Year Ago

Leah,

Getting to this thread late, but sorry... I commented on your first and just love it, but your second just does not have any way near the impact.

As to suggestions, how about a car, no wheels, up on cinder blocks? If you agree, throw in a couple of empty Bud cans on the grass.

 

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

 

Sydne Archambault

1 Year Ago

A guy whizzing on the flower bed! (;

 

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

 

John Ayo

1 Year Ago

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.

 

that's really fun John. I will keep it in mind. I like it

 

Sydne Archambault

1 Year Ago

It was me.

 

Ken Krug

1 Year Ago

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?

 

Janine Riley

1 Year Ago

well, then I have the perfect neighbors house for you........

 

Thanks Ken, good thoughts I will take a look at. I hope all the words will fit.lol
I bet we all have one of those Janine

 

Ken Krug

1 Year Ago

Leah, I just read a few posts above. I have an old tire lying around you could use for reference.
It's yours if you want to come and get it. My wife would be grateful.

 

lol Ken, I am sure one isn't hard to find here or on the net, but thanks anyway

 

Antonin Gauthier

1 Year Ago

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.

 

John Ayo

1 Year Ago

Antonin: Maybe the house is strongly magnetic and holding the ball? :)

 

To me it looks like the ball is hitting the wall and knocking some stones off

 

Regina Williams

1 Year Ago

Lol! I love these! How fun! ;D

 

Ken Krug

1 Year Ago

Some points could be argued, but being too literal or realistic wouldn't fit with the artist's style or intent. It's a parody.

 

Barbara Moignard

1 Year Ago

Part of the nightmare could be that it is the wrong house being demolished. Perhaps number 13 instead of 30.

Another winner, for sure!


 

Thanks Regina, exactly Ken

 

That's funny Barbara, I was hoping people would have more questions than answers also, of what is going on

 

Ken Krug

1 Year Ago

Leah, in looking again at the larger image, the crushed flowers stand out more clearly.
They may not need a shadow underneath if at all. It doesn’t look like a brightly lit shadow day.

 

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

 

Ron Sammann

1 Year Ago

Response: Wrecking Ball is the centerpoint, as I see it. Emphasize (target) Have fun.

 

I agree Ron, I put the caution tape across the yard near the machine so it draws the eye there more also

 

Ron Sammann

1 Year Ago

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.

 

Good advice Ron, the Go Daddy ad? What was that about?

 

Ron Sammann

1 Year Ago

Impossible to explain. Check uTube or search Google.

 

Ginny Schmidt

1 Year Ago

not impossible - supposed to show meeting of sexy and smart, showed hot blond and an IT nerd trying to eat each other's face.
... that's all.
however it was a bit repulsive, to put it mildly.

 

Ron Sammann

1 Year Ago

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.

 

ew lol, glad I didn't see it

 

Sydne Archambault

1 Year Ago

@Ron you were in Dali's house?

 

I got more work done in this and took some of your advice for improvements. I have one day left till it's done. Grass/yard detail and shading and letters on the sign and tape

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Sydne Archambault

1 Year Ago

Well I LOVE IT! I love the dogs face because his expression tells it all and this is what you want! Great work Leah!

 

Thanks Sydne, can't wait to finish it. Hope the viewer can see the wrecking ball and machine better also

 

Catherine Howard

1 Year Ago

I absolutely love it, Leah! and yes, especially the look on the dog's face...priceless!! Did you decide on the sign wording yet? I think everything is very clear and self-explanatory btw...

 

Sydne Archambault

1 Year Ago

Yes you can! That added touches are great!

 

I decided to shorten it Catherine, and just put "This property is condemned" and then caution on the tape. What do you guys think of the garbage in the yard?

 

good, thanks Sydne

 

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

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