Sunday, July 28, 2013

OMG watercolor by Kathy Michels



Here is my finished watercolor "OMG" which is approx. 20" x 20".  I have as much fun coming up with the composition as I do photographing my models.  I love the story telling aspect of art and being able to evoke emotions.  Sadly texting at the wheel is something we see to often.

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9 comments:

Michael LeKites said...

I like this on several different levels. One.. it's provocative but in a good way. Not provocative for provocative's sake. I don't care for art that provokes just because it can. It's like a comedian who uses profanity to shock his audience because he has no sense of humor. All he really has is profanity. This is different. How many of us have been distracted while driving? It can happen in a moment.. whether it's texting or playing with the radio or getting too passionate in conversation. But texting is what is in the news and recently a law was passed banning it. So this touches on politics as well which art can do. Plus.. your technique is superb. Beautifully done.

Michael LeKites said...

I will also add.. the viewer is placed just above the shoulder of the driver. We're "peeking" over her shoulder.. seeing the danger her carelessness is about to cause or nearly caused (depending on what happens next). And while we are seeing this.. we are all relating. To both the cyclist and, heaven help us.. to the driver. Again.. whether it is texting or eating.. how many times have we too been distracted. And so we say outwardly.."Oh that woman is crazy!" while inwardly we cringe... "God help me.. please don't let me be that woman/man ever again!"

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

I really like the whole concept of this, Kathy - especially like the contrast of her happy smile in the rear view mirror with what is about to happen because she is not paying attention to her driving. Excellent on so many levels.

Larry Lerew said...
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Sue Marrazzo said...

'Congrats on your finished painting...
this is really unique, cool, and very different, Kathy!

Debra Kreiger said...

Very powerful painting! Excellent!

Kathy Michels said...
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Kathy Michels said...

Thank you for all the kind words! Michael - I really appreciate your insight into this. I do try to stay away from the political issues. But I do love painting stories from life and things we see now that 20 years ago were not an issue. It amazes me how many things people try to do while driving. It is so fun to really try and bring a story (or a variety of stories) to life in my show pieces and touch on subjects that really make people think.

Mary Beth Brath said...

Wow - I just came across this post today. Fantastic all around Kathy.