Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Paint Horse Racing and Pranked Car Sitting

Very, very sleeeepy. Very. But, oh, I wanted to post this little (5" x 7") painting of one of the horses I photographed last month at the Rillito Race Track. This is my way of sneaking up on portraits with my new style. We'll see how it goes.

I'll bet you can tell I really enjoyed the mask this horse wore. The horse was pretty frisky too. Fun to watch most definitely. They were all so well loved and cared for.

I started another painting and will probably add it to this post tomorrow. Unfortunately, I didn't photograph it before it got dark.

Today, I finished the following and wanted to include it in the post. This is awfully real. Wonder if I'm a little anxious about the new, freer style. Hmmm.

But, here's a funny. For a serious, reclusive, sometime deep thinker (ha) like me, I do like a friendly prank on April Fool's Day. Always the challenge--to be funny or clever while maintaining safety and the law.

So, here are a couple of photos of a prank some people very close to me pulled at a school well known around the country, if you read Newsweek, and also very close by...but I know nothing! Disclaimer: no autos were harmed in any way during the playful activities.

Happy April Fool's Day. What could you do to make a day fun while maintaining a semblance of decorum?!


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

I love the painting, and I'm sooooooooooo glad I don't teach today (April 1). I did check out the origin of this odd prank, and I laughed. I especially liked the toy eagles. Canada doesn't have anything that majestic, so we don't tend to trot out our symbols, even our flag with any regularity. The beaver is the animal that represents us (busy and building), and that symbol is fraught with double meanings. The flag is uninspiring, but we like it. I guess we're low key. During the Obama pre-inauguration concert when they brought out the bald eagles, I wondered what bird we'd carry out in similar circumstances. The sparrow? The crow? the pigeon? The seagull? We aren't good at pomp. Even well deserved pomp.

Love your blog, and your work, and your super sense of humour.


Melinda said...

I'm glad too, Barbara, 'cause I'm sure the young ones are thinking of pranks today!

You have a beautiful flag. I just don't know what bird would represent Canada best. I think the common loon is a most spectacular bird, but the name sounds funny. You are wise not to be into pomp. It can get a country into trouble, yes?

There are some very good pranks out there. It's a very creative thing to do as long as it isn't offensive in any way. The car I've featured belonged to a teacher at my son's school. He enjoyed the prank very much. I think he felt loved. :)

Edgar said...

I had an idea for a prank last night. But I can't tell anyone. I'll have to save it for some fine day.

I love both these paintings! I don't think the second one is "too real" -- that pale green background and the scraped lines in it flatten the surface so marvelously -- I just love paintings that celebrate the flatness of the surface, while being completely unselfconscious about breaking the plane, too. Truly inspiring work, Melinda.

Melinda said...

Thank you, Edgar. Hope you'll be able to paint again soon. Glad you're thinking about pranks...in a healthy way, of course.

daviddrawsandpaints said...

As always, I love the colour with the horses head looking a bit like a mad pantomime nag. Certainly wouldn't like to wake up with one on the pillow beside me in the morning. Oh, that's right - I already do!

I like the "new" style, it's bold and confident and very expressive. A bit like the "old" style but with more paint!!!

Perhaps all cars should look like that - it would keep the car industry in jobs but, because people couldn't get into them, it would save on petrol and pollution. It reminds me of the artist Christo who wrapped the German Reichstag in metallic silver fabric in 1995.
see here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/1782186.stm
It brings a whole new excitment to Christmas :o)

daviddrawsandpaints said...

ps: love the "new" hairstyle ;o)

Melinda said...

Hi David,
Thank you for stopping by! I'm glad you like the new style. You're right, there is a lot in these that is similar to the old style--with more paint. It is very liberating and I hope to push the process and get even more minimalist. Surprising how hard that can be.

You have uncovered (pun intended) the imitative element of that prank. The year after the car was wrapped, the entire front of the school entrance was wrapped. Then the janitor let the pranksters into the building to wrap odd things inside the building. It was a great success, especially because it annoyed the principal, Ms. McGarvey, into a tiz waz! However, she couldn't do anything since the pranksters had received permission from the director of the school beforehand.... ;0

I really enjoyed reading the Christo article. I hadn't seen it before, but they definitely inspired the pranksters from the story above.

The teacher whose car was wrapped was a friendly, but misguided, economics instructor who believed that there shouldn't be ANY regulations, ever, on businesses or corporations. Wonder what he thinks today...This was one of the reasons his car got wrapped, I think.