Every European kid who goes to France on a school field trip sees The Thinker by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). When yours truly saw the sculpture, I had a great time imagining what kind of silly things this naked man might be pondering. As you can see, I still enjoy the same schoolboy humour!
About the Visionaries series
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 [FOR PRINTS: LINK TO: category], 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.
On first glance, you might think the the background is of What Was I Thinking? looks like a chalkboard - but if you look closer, you’ll see that I’ve added touches to mimic the texture and surface quality of bronze sculpture. See the splashes of weathered greys and greens? The loose and free-form mottled appearance? I achieved all of these effects with abstract art techniques where I dabbed and daubed and scraped and wiped the paint until I achieved the desired effects.
I chose the background to offer high contrast with the foreground which is painted in the ultra-realistic trompe l’oeil style. The sticky note, postcard, and blue painter’s tape look so real you might think these items were actually affixed to the canvas instead of painted.
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