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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Different Strokes From Different Folks City Rooftops Challenge
My Homage to Rene Magritte


'My Homage to Rene Magritte'
6 X 8 Oil on archival canvas board
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Back in the 90's, I was fortunate to see an exhibit of Rene Magritte's work at the MOMA in NYC. It was exceptional. When I saw Karin Jurick's photograph for the DSFDF City Rooftops Challenge and the distant view of the city, I immediately thought of some of my favorite Magritte paintings in which he portrays both day and night in the same painting. Hope you like this, and if you look around the painting a bit you might see a very tiny image that Magritte was famous for...kind of like "Where's Waldo", but according to Magritte!

30 comments:

Pat Koscienski said...

Hi Claire, Had to do some homework for this one. You captured the day/night very well and I did find "Waldo". However, some years before Magritte was using an unclothed female. Now, that might have really had us looking. You made your painting fun & enlightening...and well done.

Barbara Andolsek Paintings said...

Hi Clare, looked around like suggested and hey, who's in that window, clever. Love it, these challenges from Karin are great, so glad I really checked out DSFDF site.

Diana Marshall said...

Love the night sky and Waldo, really cute. Good composition too.

Claire said...

Thanks, Pat. Yes, Magritte's nude woman might have caused a stir! I figured the black bowler hat suspended above the black suit, white shirt and red tie would be a good Magritte symbol. Thought about painting the green apple for the head...but working this was just too tiny!

Claire said...

Thank you, Barbara. The DSFDF challenges really stretch you as an artist - I love to paint landscapes, so these cityscapes really push me, and I like that!

Claire said...

Thanks, Diana. I had fun playing with the phot until I found the crop I wanted to work with.

Tracie Brown said...

great job claire! I love how you always manage to sneak in a little whimsy. :)

David Larson Evans said...

I like them all with a little nostalgia for the lily farm painting it reminds me of my youth.

Claire said...

Thank you, Tracie! I enjoyed doing this challenge!

Claire said...

Thanks, David. The day lily farm was such an amazingly beautiful place - it reminded me of my grandmother's flowers.

painthorsestudio said...

Wow, great job on this. I am super impressed. I am having to pass on this challenge- two unfinished paintings on the easel and I am in the middle of moving so I'm not about to start another. But I must admit - I was relieved to have those excuses because I was not initially inspired by the photo - so I could say I wasn't too sad that I couldn't do this challenge. but I'm a wienie! All I say to you is this... "you made this very beautiful and interesting. Great job!"

Gwen Bell said...

What a whimsical and creative take on the challenge! Love the addition on the sky and the suit/hat. Great tribute to Magritte!

Dean H. said...

Love your day/night/where's Waldo approach! You took the "ho-hum" out of the reference.

Claire said...

Thank you very much for your comments, painthorsestudio. I checked out your blog, and your work is phenomenatl!

Claire said...

Thanks, Gwen! I wasn't sure if anyone would be able to see the Magritte man image in the window, so I am glad you recognized it.

Riad said...

Good job Claire,I love your colors.
Good composition,and good contrast
in value.I love your blogspot.

Claire said...

Thank you, Riad. I really appreciate your kind comments, and also thank you for checking out my blog!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

This is a wonderful interpretation on the DSFDF challenge Claire! I know the Magritte piece of which you speak, and you honored that painting with yours...well done!

Claire said...

Thank you, Dana. I love what you did with the rooftop challenge.

Anne C M Campbell said...

A worthy homage and response to this most difficult challenge! Nice one.

dominique eichi said...

Yea....... the man in the window. Well done very nice feel.

Carol Horzempa said...

Very nice Claire, I love your subtle colors and shadows, has a peaceful feel to it.

Mary Beth Brath said...

Fantastic painting Claire. Thanks for bringing Magritte's work to my attention today. I haven't thought of him for a long time and you seem to have kick-started my creativity again.

Claire said...

Thanks for the great comment, Anne.

Claire said...

Glad you spotted him, Dominique - he is ever so tiny, and true to my Magritte inspiration he is faceless!

Claire said...

Carol, thanks very much!

Claire said...

Thanks, Mary Beth - glad you enjoyed this little journey with Magritte.

Marian MacKerer said...

I found Waldo too! The colors are great. Nice saturated blue against the neutrals. Your tiny highrise windows are perfect.

Carole Baker said...

I love your interpretation of the roof tops and am enjoying perusing your other gorgeous paintings. I hadn't done one of these challenges for a while and it was fun to do one again.... makes me stretch outside my usual subject matter and get more concerned with composition and color.

Claire said...

Thank you. Marian!

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