Thursday, January 15, 2009

"Oh the wind blows"

                         This week's Challenge for " Different Strokes From Different Folks "
                                                          The Jefferson Memorial


                                        9 x 7     acrylic, watercolor pencils

This building was not easy to paint so I had a bit more fun with the rest.

" We hold these truths to be self evident : that all men are created equal ; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights ; that among these are life , liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. "                                     - Thomas Jefferson


48 comments:

Barbara Pask said...

Really beautiful, I like your unique take on this.

Michelle said...

Wow...very impressive! It's nice to see you had fun with it!

Sheila said...

I LOVE IT DOMINIQUE!!! Who said memorials have to be reverent and somber. This would even make a great note card. The US Government should buy this from you. It'll go with the change we'll hopefully see with the new presidency.

dominique eichi said...

Barbara, Thanks for leaving your nice comment.


Michelle, Yes , I had fun, I wanted to leave the serious side of this piece.


Sheila, Thanks for your great comment.

Dean H. said...

Very beautiful and highly creative artwork, Dominique!
Love the colors you've chosen.
Love how you have portrayed the wind!

conniep said...

Your rendition gave the otherwise static scene a lot of energy. Good job.

dominique eichi said...

Dean, Thanks it was fun , after I decided that the normal scene had to have more.


Conniep, Thanks for stopping here with your great comment.

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

"Wow!" was what I thought. Beautiful colors and how creative!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Wow, Dominique! Your painting is very expressive and original...well done!

dominique eichi said...

Peggy & DAna ,

Thanks so much it is much appreciated

adebanji said...

Insight and Creativity!

dominique eichi said...

ADEBANJI, THAnk you comming from you means a lot. Your rubbing off.

luc said...

Thanks for leaving your nice comment concerning the portraits on DSFDF, Dominique. Yours was great to, as all the other work you make. Keep on going ! :-)

dominique eichi said...

LUC, Your welcome and thanks for your nice comment also. Helping each other out is the goal.

Erika Nelson said...

Dominique I am completely unexposed to many historila monuments so I appreciate that you posted the text. I enjoyed your happy take on the monument. I guess you and I basically responded similarly that the scene, not the view, just lacked some magic huh? :) The view of course and what it stands for is plenty magical!

Vern Schwarz said...

Hi Dominique, in this very creative interpretation, I see the winds of change, with the bright colours and bold shapes signifying optimism and strength. I hope that doesn't sound too political, but this is the Jefferson Memorial after all. Nice job. By the way I sent you an email.

dominique eichi said...

ERIKA, I agree with you , I'm happy some of my fears are disappearing, and I don't mean because of the politics.


Vern, I also agree with you , you expressed my direction, I think we are being pushed into being more bold in Values, Character and Morals at least that is what I feel. Regardless of politics or not.

artbyakiko said...

Beautiful! The moon, start, and the patterns add rhythm and mystical quality to the painting. I also love how the color of patterns change. Great work!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Dear D,
I was waiting to this one. I knew its gonna be special.I can tell that you had fun.
It is a very very creative interpretation.
Good work my friend.

Edward Burton said...

Very nice, Dominique - I really like that you had fun with it. Very creative!

dominique eichi said...

Akiko,, Thanks so much your comment mean a lot to me.


Irit, Your comments my friend are always appreciated.


Edward, Yes I had fun with this, it was getting a little too serious. It seemed to happen quite easily when you let go.

ria said...

very playful. . .nice piece.
Thanks for your very generous comment Dominique.

dominique eichi said...

Ria, your very welcome, well deserved. Thanks for the comment.

Tom Pohlman said...

Hi Dominique! Its really interesting to see how artists react to a reference like this. Is it "calm/serene" or is it "cold/devoid of life"??? I look at the DSFDF gallery for this challenge and see a kind of psychological experiment/statement. (I think that I fall into the same line with you)- you create energy and bring life to the scene by activating the sky and parts of the landscape with your strokes. Very nice!

Edward Burton said...

Hi Dominique, thank you very much for your wonderful comment about my memorial painting - it is much appreciated.

Capt Elaine Magliacane said...

Whimsical and fun.. I like your take on the Challenge.

Diana Marshall said...

wow! what an unusual, creative interpretation of this weeks project, makes a change from the norm!

dominique eichi said...

Edward, All well deserved.

dominique eichi said...

Capt. Elaine Magliacane,
I think you and I added whimsical to our pieces.

dominique eichi said...

Diana Marshall, I don't mind serious but this project made me decide to create more. Thanks for stopping by.

hissnhowl said...

What a fun painting Dominique!!
Nice job:)

dominique eichi said...

Shelley.......... Thanks for your nice comment. I'm waiting for your Jefferson memorial.

CONRAD said...

I agree with Michelle looks like you had fun, very nice

dominique eichi said...

Conrad, Yes it was bit serious and all of the sudden the wind blew ! I went to the store for an avocado because of you. Thanks for stopping by.

Miki Willa said...

This is a really fun interpretation of the monument. I really like the movement you have created. Thanks for looking at mine and leaving such a supportive comment.

dominique eichi said...

Miki, , You deserved it " majestic" qualifies your piece. Thanks for yours and stopping by.

Theresa Rankin said...

Whimsical and original, Dominique! I love it!!

dominique eichi said...

Theresa, Thank you so much for your comment. I hope to paint like you someday.

Nancy said...

LOVE all the beautiful "swirls"! It added so much to this piece!

dominique eichi said...

Thanks Nancy, I finally did finish my DSFDF. They just flowed in or blew in ... I appreciate you stopping by.

r garriott said...

Thank you for your kind comment on my 'exerimental' Jeffersonian.

I very much like how in yours you changed the time of day a bit...also what I was reaching for but your really pulled it off. The swirls are reminiscent of Van Gogh, perhaps? Your interpretation of this photo makes it seem a much friendlier place.

dominique eichi said...

Oh r garriott Thank you for your comments, I did try to follow a friendlier path and let the wind blow the direction .

Carole Baker said...

Your swirls are very cool. They caught my eye when I first saw them. Altogether, a lovely painting.

dominique eichi said...

Thank you Carol, I did try to be led instead of forcing the pictures perfect.

Bill Gavin said...

Looks like you had fun...nice. I think I'll try fun on the next one.

dominique eichi said...

Thanks Gavin, I'm already puzzled on how to have fun with that one.

Diane Morgan said...

Hi Dominique, Thanks for your kind comments. Love your work.

dominique eichi said...

You're welcome Diane, Thanks for stopping by