We're Out of Coffee is part of my new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art. In this image, I explore the work of the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944), who was known for his evocative psychological themes. Here, I depict his famous work, The Scream.The Scream is such an iconic image - I’ve seen it in person and it is as disturbing and beautiful as you might imagine. In We're Out of Coffee, I recreate an event that makes me feel like the wailing man in the painting; namely, the horror of being out of coffee (or the elixir of life, as it is known in my house).
Every museum store in the world carries postcards of their most popular works. I have dozens of these cards featuring every style of painting imaginable.
In this new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art, I explore the artistry of these painters - marrying their iconic images with both abstract backgrounds and ultra-realistic still life objects to create something entirely new.I hope you enjoy them.
I chose a stark, abstract background to complement the subject matter, painted with similar flowy brushstrokes that Munch used in the original. I then misted the painted surface with turpentine and let it drip to add to the drama.
In the foreground, I incorporated elements of trompe l'oeil to enhance the realism. Trompe l’oeil is a visual illusion where the painted object looks real: Here, the blue tape and torn bit of note paper look as if they have actually been affixed to the surface. (But they haven’t).If you are interested, you can watch videos of me painting the tape and the notepaper for We're Out Of Coffee on Instagram.