Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Underneath it All ...

"It was Time for Chuck to Learn" 15x26 inches. Gouache on Clayboard


Round one of Last Man Standing is up. You can find my entry here. I'm not entirely confident that I'll advance to the next one, but at least I'm happy with the painting itself. I've had the image in my head for months and months, and the theme for round one provided me the opportunity to finally lay it down in finished form.

The idea of the main figure being Charlie Brown, grown up and having learned to dress well, grow out hair, and even have a kid of his own, but not still not knowing how to fly a kite away from trees... that was a last second development. My guess is that he'll still manage to get tangled up in one of the kites above.

7 comments:

Tom Scholes said...

Seriously one of my favorite entries, love it to death dude. I need a print :D

Julien alday said...

One of the most refreshing approach of the topic. The execution is gold. Bastard, I love you ! :P
J.

Mike Dutton said...

Thanks guys. :)

Tom Scholes said...

Prinnnnnnnnnnnnnntssssssssss....

Nadine Takvorian said...

Beautiful. Lovely composition that emotes a real sense of loneliness and loss. And beautiful color palette!

Mike Dutton said...

Hey Tom, you got it bud. I'll need to rescan since there's some bad stitchwork in the one that's up now, but I'll let you know when it's available. ;)

Nadine, thank you so much. I was touched by your description of my work. The same can easily be said about yours after having spent some time on your website and blog, while I would add "evocative" and "poetic" amongst your qualities.

Nadine Takvorian said...

Wow, thanks, Mike. Coming from you that means a lot - I really admire your work! :)