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12-12-2008, 01:42 PM

Title: Sleeping with the Mudflap Girls
Year Created:
Medium: Acrylic
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 12x16
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

A thin argument for the "nude" icon but erring on the side of caution.<br>Not painted from a reference but inspired by the finest TV show ever made, "The Wire"


Dana Design
12-13-2008, 12:57 PM
Wow, Bob! I do like this. And the title, perfect. Well done, my man.

12-13-2008, 01:55 PM
Nicely conceived and executed.
the finest TV show ever made, "The Wire"

I'm a Wire fan too, but I can't place this scene.

12-13-2008, 02:32 PM
Hey Bob! What an interesting one! I am afraid I miss a bit American clture, to fully understand the message here, but still I enjoy the special atmosphire and and structure of this one!

12-13-2008, 02:34 PM
Would like to see a bit better resolution of the drawing details of the prone figure, but enjoying the comp and scenario.

12-13-2008, 03:07 PM
Ronni, I don't know that the message is fully understandable. To me, it's one of those mysterious images which can be interpreted many different ways. Is the figure dreaming of the girls? Is he a passed out drug addict on a filthy street next to a porn shop? Is it two urban vignettes combined by artistic license? What does the bright light on the figure signify? You could probably get a doctoral thesis or two out of all the possibilities.

Gemini IX
12-14-2008, 02:38 AM
Wow! This is so cool! I don't know the show, but somehow I still get it. What a trip! Just fantantic!

12-14-2008, 05:57 PM
Grade = A.. At first I thought it was a collage with its textures. Suer idea, well executed.
I dont think The Wire is as good as the Sopranos was.... but you could call this the Badda Bing then I'de give you an A+

12-14-2008, 06:49 PM
Wire vs Sopranos. Admittedly a close call. I've ordered season 1, disk 1 from Netflix of "Deadwood" so we'll see how that goes.

12-14-2008, 07:27 PM
The ONLY problem with Deadwood is they didnt have another season.... it was wonderful.

12-14-2008, 07:27 PM
Definitely a thinking person's painting. I could probably create at least a dozen plot points for a TV episode or novels just from this image. And from the title alone at least a dozen more. and if I was an art instructor I could createa a dozen lectures just using this image. Now that meets my definition of great ART. and besides, just from a composition and pallettte perspective, it works, too. Are his shoes tied together and the rope blends into the line or is that just my eyes getting worse? If his feet are tied together it adds even more intrigue. At 256% zoom where if fills my screen, that detail really showed up. Great work, added this to my favorites to use as inspiration some day, and to show others when they come to visit for the Holiday. WC website has turned out to be a great way to find out a lot about people (the way they 'see' or not) Thanx 4 posting, it pleaseth mine eyes.:evil:

12-14-2008, 07:34 PM
Thanks so much for your complimentary analysis. It's always such a kick to make a work of art which brings pleasure to others- from a website or IRL. To answer your question, one leg is meant to be behind the other so you only see one sneaker. Triple baggy jeans hide a lot.

12-14-2008, 08:36 PM
I am getting soooooooooo annoyed with myself on this image. I come in, I look again, I think, I see what I love (everything from the pavement up on the wall) I want to kick the bloke cos he just isn't right but I go out again having left no comment cos that wouldn't be constructive plus plays havoc with my monitor.

12-15-2008, 10:17 AM
Wire vs Sopranos. Admittedly a close call.

Not close for me. The S's were fun, but the Wire took the best characters of Melville, Hemingway, Faulkner, Shakespeare, Sophocles, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison and James Baldwin, shook them vigorously in a blender and put them in Baltimore police uniforms.

The resulting dialogue is the best ever, period.

12-15-2008, 12:45 PM
And the Sopranos didn't have Bubbles. Talk about a Shakespearian tragic figure.

12-15-2008, 02:21 PM
words, words, words: Some warm our hearts and others break them, part of the human experience, Congradualations tg nice to see your work.

12-15-2008, 02:26 PM
Congradulations tg, nice to see your work; Title is a Winner

12-15-2008, 09:09 PM
Great title ah! but you're a writer, congradulations on your entry, everone seem to like it. Should make you happy tg!

12-15-2008, 10:49 PM
Bob this is a real scence I've seen too often. I think your guy on the ground needs some dramatic light a little so the fedal position will be stronger. I've made some adjustments to the bottom to help the viewer focus on him what do you think?

12-15-2008, 11:31 PM
I think the shadow under the shirt is a winner. I was working without a reference on the figure and it made it harder for me, so thanx. Your critiques are always spot on. I don't agree with entirely purple-izing the sidewalk. I think keeping some of it cream colored reflects the figure in an agreeable manner.