Sunday, December 16, 2007

Sitting on a CLUE

Acrylic polymer emulsion on gessoed hardboard, 12 x 12"
Created- December 9-15, 2007, #141.

Just in time for Christmas, I bring you what I would have liked to see appear under our tree as a 10 year old. I spotted this Gumby & Pokey bendables in a gift shop in Cape-Breton, NS a few years back. I regretted not buying them at the time. With a credit card, you are only a click away to your heart's content, so I was able to order this dynamic duo on-line in their 50th anniversary packaging. Gumby was created by Art Clokey in 1955. He made his television debut on The Howdy Doody Show in 1956 and that same year had his own NBC Saturday morning TV series. The bendable toys were introduced in 1964. I remember watching many episodes in reruns during my childhood years. This painting is all about visual impact, color and surfaces. Never have there been so much lettering in one painting. My favorite part is the area surrounding the marble, which I decided to add after I had already started the painting.

Interesting TRIVIA-
-The Checkered Game of Life was invented in 1860 by Milton Bradley and the modern version was introduced for it's centennial year in 1960.
-Clue was invented in Great Britain in 1948. Outside of North America, it is known as Cluedo.
-It takes 1440 still-frame pictures to make 1 minute of clay animation. re: Gumby
-Click on this link to go down memory lane for a 1960's commercial of 'The game of Life" .
-private collection

15 comments:

  1. I remember Gumby and Pokey, hey, how old are you anyway?! lol, I enjoyed your blog, your work is beautiful, I'm so glad you stopped in on mine. The best part of blogging is meeting other artists and keeping up with every little thing. btw, my husband uses craft brushes, the cheapest he can find, as you do. It's the only way George can get those really fine brushstrokes for hair. Go figure.

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  2. Alvin, I would love to trade links and Shasta is my daughter. Thanks for your interest and we'll be checking in from time to time to see your new work!

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  3. Alvin, this painting is fantastic! Thanks for sympatizing with me regarding the snow. The weather and cold is just killing my arthritis and I'm already sick of snowblowing. The wind was so bad here yesterday that the snowblower would blow the snow off to the side and then it would blow back and smack me in the face. It was cold! I got up and did the same thing all over again at 6:00 am this morning. Thanks for the comment on the cherry painting. The cherries came out pretty good and now I just have to complete the background. Also, what does it mean to be tagged?
    Jean

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  4. Hi Alvin,
    I love the way you have given such interesting background facts which support your painting...and what a masterpiece this one is! All that lettering, and the amazing detailing...all I can say is wow! I made my husband come look, and he recognized Gumby and Pokey right away. Thanks for this cheerful piece - and hope you feel better really soon!

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  5. Alvin,
    Great piece! Details are amazing!

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  6. Wonderful painting, Alvin.

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  7. Thank you Marcia, Jean, Joanne, Todd & Don. I truly appreciated your comments and visit.

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  8. Wow Love your work. I will have to take time to read more of it. By the way, I live in the same neighborhood as the man who invented Gumby!. i see his x-wife often. Unfortunately she is in a wheelchair near the end of her life.
    I am a realist painter. My personal web a site is being re-built right now. I also own a site for selling wall art. I would love to exchange articles about each other if you're interested.

    You may best reach me at info@lovefineart.com

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  9. Alvin, I have looked at this several times, and each time, thought,"What fun! Gumby and Pokey!" because the image is so nostalgic. It was an automatic response. But today I looked again and thought, "WOW! What a painting!" You have amazed me once again. (I like your little trivia bit, too!)

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  10. Liz, you always make my day!

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  11. Great work!!! Joyeux noel Alvin a toi et ta famille :))
    amber

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  12. Alvin, We have been feeling the effects in my area of California. For now it has actually produced nicer weather for us (sorry : )
    I would like very much to sell prints of this painting on my online gallery. I would be happy to make the print in house as we also produce giclee reproductions. I think it is a winner! keep up the great work. If you are interested just drop me a line. Paul

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  13. This is great, I used to have the horse as a luck charm as a kid. I love the bright colours, and youve tackled a complicated composition and pulled it off really well. merry christmas!

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  14. aww Gumby's .. I used to watch it when I was little .. my fav. character was the horse, forgot his name though.

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  15. I've just discovered you site. What wonderful art. I've forwarded you site to friends who love acrylics and feel they don't get the same respect oil painters enjoy. Your work certainly shows those oil painters acrylics rock.

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