Look at the following video on George Rodrigue:
and the website:
Pay particular attention to the bio and art categories on the menu bar at his website.
Pay particular attention to the way his life and art are described and valued in the obituary.
For sketchbook notes, make comments about:
1. What are the pros and cons for you of the visual presence of his works?
2. Do the interpretations of his paintings make sense to you? Why or why not? Consider both subject and style.
3. Explore the conflicting aspects of the art’s high market value, the negative reviews by art critics, and the final assessment of his work in the NY Times obituary.
In your sketchbook, do a one-hour drawing in the style of Rodrigue. Draw any animal (preferably a current or former pet) in a setting or location which adds to the overall meaning.
In class, your next painting will be of a familiar animal in a setting or location which adds to the overall meaning. You may paint in a realistic or “Rodrigue” style, with realistic or exaggerated colors, realistic or exaggerated form, using a color scheme.