Thursday, May 12, 2016

My American Gothic - Thread Art/Colored Pencil

Thanks so much to Alida @ Tweety Loves Quilting for inviting me to join this artsy blog hop.  This has really made me step into something different.  I usually like abstract art.  Anything that is kind of on the odd side, weird, and out there.  However, since I live in the country the first piece of recognizable art that came to my mind was American Gothic by Grant Wood.

Here is the painting.

And here is MY American Gothic!

I believe this is the 4th time I have done a thread art/colored pencil piece.  I really enjoy it and I think I get better each time.  What a neat idea Alida.  Thanks again for inviting me.  If you would like to learn more about the painting see below.  Check out the other sites today that are sharing their Art Quilts!

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Friday, May 13th, 2016

American Gothic is a painting by Grant Wood in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Wood's inspiration came from what is now known as the American Gothic House, and his decision to paint the house along with "the kind of people I fancied should live in that house." The painting shows a farmer standing beside a woman that has been interpreted to be either his wife or his daughter.[1][2] The figures were modeled by Wood's sister, Nan Wood Graham, and Wood and Graham's dentist. The woman is dressed in a colonial print apron evoking 19th-century Americana, and the man is holding a pitchfork. The plants on the porch of the house aremother-in-law's tongue and geranium, which are the same plants as in Wood's 1929 portrait of his mother, Woman with Plants.[3]
It is one of the most familiar images in 20th-century American art, and has been widely parodied in American popular culture.[1]