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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Different Strokes from Different Folks
Airport Travelers Challenge
'Traveling in a Pack' Oil 6 X 8



Whew! Barely got this done in time before the challenge finishes. When I saw Karin Juick's reference photograph for this challenge, it took me back to the days of traveling for my work with the federal government...rushing to get to the airport in time (and that was before 9/11), layovers, jet lag when traveling to the west coast. As we would be rushing through the airport to catch our flights, it always made me think of our group as being a pack of wolves...sticking together with the Alpha in the lead. So here's my interpretation of the DSFDF Challenge for Weeks 52- 54.
Just to let you know how serious I was about this challenge (and to give you a laugh), I actually went out and purchased miniature toy wolves so that I could approximate their body shape and color. Then I placed the toys on the floor and used my mini maglite in a dark room to shine down on the toys so that I could determine the shadow shape. A bit difficult holding the maglite in one hand, and sketching wolf shape and shadow shape with my other hand!

34 comments:

L. O'Neal said...

Claire, you are so creative. Not only do you paint with such skill and finesse, but you are a storyteller as well. The wolves are rendered masterfully. Great Job!

Tatiana Myers said...

I like your version, Claire! Very original and make sense (to me :-)

Claire said...

Thank you for your very kind comments, Lyn. This turned out to be a lot more difficult than I ever anticipated, but I am glad I stuck with it.

Claire said...

Thank you, Tatiana - a fellow traveler perhaps? :)

Pat Koscienski said...

Wow, Claire, what an undertaking. And, what an imagination. All your work with the set up really paid off. I love it.

dominique eichi said...

Wow, I just love it. So impacting with thoughts going through your head. I Love your story about the toys and shadows , really fabulous. Well done.

Carol Horzempa said...

Claire, I spent a lot of time photographing and drawing wolves several years ago. You have really captured them well...I love the shadow cast by the leader of the pack. Great job!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Very creative and i love the story behind the art.
I am a former airline employee who used to work at LAX.
I can relate to this story.
Perfect!

Becky Drees said...

What a riot! The things we do for art-eh? It was well worth it; it's a great painting.

Kristen Reitz-Green said...

CLaire- Perfect! I tried do hard to think of something interesting to do with this and just went with normal... You real came up with something great. Nice work!

SYLVIANE said...

Claire, you are unique, with you wolves!You made me laugh with your story of the toys!

Claire said...

Thanks, Pat. I enjoyed the process - even sketching in the dark!

Claire said...

Thank you, Dominique - sometimes my head is a scary place :)!

Claire said...

Thanks so much, Carol - your comment means a lot. I researched the wolves so that I could get the coloring and fur texture correct. My little plastic wolves were good for shape/shadow, but I needed more visual information than that!

Claire said...

Thanks, Irit. As an airline employee, I am sure you ran into quite a few wolves!

Claire said...

Thank you Becky. Yes, I did stretch it a bit for this one!!!

Claire said...

I am glad I made you laugh, Sylviane! I know I was laughing at myself as I tried to sketch and juggle the maglite!

Edward Burton said...

Wow, great concept, Claire, and very well done!

Pattie Wall said...

Yes, this is a very great interpretation of this challenge. I love wolves! Your placement of them is perfect! Well researched, too! There would be no better subject to use! Congratulations on a wonderful piece!

Robin Roberts said...

Excellent. I like your willingness to be more creative with the subject matter.

RR

Claire said...

Thank you, Kristen! I am so glad that you like it.

Claire said...

Thank you, Edward. I am happy that it worked...don't know what I would have done if I would not have been able to find my little plastic wolves!

Claire said...

Thank you very much, Pattie!

Claire said...

Thank you, Robin. I think it might just be my natural orneriness...

Gwen Bell said...

You definitely get "Most Creative" on this challenge! Wonderful job! Loved the story and the fact that you were so dedicated to the project that you bought toy wolves.

Ann Gorbett said...

What a funny story about setting up the toy wolves, With lighting no less. I too used to travel a lot for work and this took me back to the day of traveling like a pack of wolves. Great painting Claire.

Claire said...

Thank you, Gwen :)

Claire said...

I was questioning my sanity a bit when I was trying to get it all together, Ann. Thanks for your comments!

Art with Liz said...

Brilliant Claire! Absolutely brilliant!

Rishi Kapil said...

Thanks Claire for your warm comments.
And applause for your creative dare on this one.
Warm Regards,
Rishi

Claire said...

Thank you, Liz.

Claire said...

Thank you for your comments, Rishi.

Diane said...

Well, Claire, there you go again, pushing the envelope! I had a gut reaction to the tension in your painting before I even read the text. The story behind the painting just makes the experience that much richer. We have some foxes in our area and they slink around like that - low to the ground, bushy tail outstretched, ever wary. Judging from the comments, I'd say you touched a nerve or two. Thanks ~Diane

Claire said...

Thank you, Diane. I appreciate that you really understood what I was going for, including the tension and the wariness of the wolves.

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