Monday, April 9, 2012

Maybelle - 04/08

I think I'm going to duplicate a project we have going on on Facebook here on the blog - I know some readers don't subscribe to FB but may fidn the project interesting.

On Facebook we have a page dedicated to the show - it's an "events" page. In theis case the "event' is writing about the work in the show - we're picking a painting a day and doing a short, descriptive essay on it. Yesterday's featured FB painting was "Maybelle" a 36" x 48" oil on acrylic and aerosol with oil pastel portrait of a woman in a garden. She's surrounded by (primarily) indistinguishable fern and  energetic chaos. I fell in love with a small, found, blakc and white photo of this woman because of the way she holds her torso - in the photo, she's a slight woman whith an extreme curve in her back. I gave my Maybelle a bit more beef, browner hair, and a face with weight. My Maybelle is a solid woman, not very cautious in her nature, unafraid BUT she has one slightly bruised and swollen eye. Her name is  a contradiction of who she is - she is neither a May(be) or a Belle - she is a solid force to be considered. Like all my people she has her own character building stories that was can feel seeping out her pores. She completely embodies the theme of my portraits "Ick ben heir (I am here) and living in YOUR culture of disregard.

"Maybelle" is hanging way down the wall on your left.

 There she is....hanging under a light switch!

"Maybelle" as photographed by Fall River photographer Chuck Pappas.  12" x 18" color prints, made with Sarah at Just In Advertising in New Bedford MA, of Chuck's photo are available for $20 each. Email me at: to order.

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