Saturday, March 8, 2008

Keeping up with the Joneses

Acrylic polymer emulsion on gessoed hardboard, 12 x 12"
Created February 25 - March 5, 2008, #143

The title is based on a popular catchphrase that refers to the desire to be seen as being as good as one's neighbours or contemporaries using the comparative of social standards or accumulation of material stuff. The origin of the phrase is rooted in the once popular comic strip of the same name created by cartoonist Arthur R. "Pop" Momand. The strip debuted in 1913, ran in American newspapers for 28 years, and eventually was adapted into books, films and musical comedies.

In this still life reincarnation, I'm taking elements used in previous paintings and created a new composition. On the right of three of the bottles is a reflection of our fence that has lattice on top. I could have named it, Good fences make good neighbours from the Robert Frost poem, Mending Wall. I'll probably use that title in a future painting.

I first came across Jones Soda Pop in a Starbucks coffee shop during the late 1990's. The beverage came to market in 1994 and originates from western Canada. The images on the labels are submitted by the public, and if your lucky enough, you might end up on a bottle of Orange Cream Soda, Strawberry Lime, Blue Bubble Gum or Green Apple Soda. I'm a sucker for this type of products. It's like Pop Art meets pop culture.
-private collection

14 comments:

  1. Oh I LOVE this. Love the name, love the bright popping colour.

    Beautiful work.

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  2. Fine work as usual, Alvin. Such joy in color.

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  3. Amazing attention to ...well, everything! Color, detail, transparency, distortion, reflection..great job Alvin. I could get lost in those reflections...

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  4. The colors are just brilliant on this piece, Alvin. I made my husband come and see it - and he exclaimed how you are so phenomenal with reflections. Of course, I agree! Congratulations on willing the Art and Critique. You were ahead by a handy mile when I checked - you deserve this recognition.

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  5. Thank you Michelle, Don, Todd & Joanne for your visit, I always welcome your comments and encouragements. I've made a few minor changes since posting it...that deals with the light.

    re- the critique: To receive an unbiased analysis of my artwork is a unique opportunity to see how my art may be perceive from a critic's perspective, and how it differs from my own vision. It can also work as a positive tool in a CV, when submitting artwork to major acquisition programs.

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  6. Alvin,
    Love it, Love it, Love it!!! Impressive as usual.

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  7. Hi, thanks for your kind words about my paintings on my website. i followed your link here and your work is amazing, very inspiring. your skill is huge. i'll check back here often to admire.

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  8. forgot to add that i'm amazed at the amount of sparkle and light you create with acrylics.

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  9. Each bottle is telling its own story. There is a bright spark on the BBQ tool which leads you down and then you go right back into the bottles. I see spring fever and BBQ season.

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  10. Beautiful painting....Alvin. Can't help but think of summer! Love the colors and reflective light on the bottles....

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  11. Beautiful, Alvin. Love that flash of reflected sunlight. And... thank you for the gift of a summery vision! Every moment that I can be fooled out of the reality of the four feet of snow on my deck is a wonderful thing!

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  12. Wow this piece is profound. I love the colors.
    Tu as du talent M.Richard :)))
    Amber

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  13. Wow - I really had to study this hard - it looks like a photograph. Absolutely spectacular work -- all of your paintings.

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  14. Nice painting! With a name like Jones it has to be a good drink and deserves a 1st in the art show.

    W.R. Jones

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