Well, I had a bit of an artist’s block (that’s a thing, right? Like writer’s block but for painters?), but nothing snaps me out of a funk like an approaching deadline.
And what a deadline it was! I’m so excited to be participating in the upcoming Suspense and Gallows Humor Alfred Hitchcock tribute show at Gallery 1988. Gallery 1988, in my opinion, is the best place to go for pop-culture based art. What a great fit for me, right? I love watching movies, doubly so if I can say that I “have” to.
To be completely honest, I was so excited when I was asked to participate in the show that I immediately said yes without realizing that the only Hitchcock movie I had ever seen was Rear Window. I guess that’s just how iconic his films are; I’m familiar with The Birds, North By Northwest, Vertigo, Psycho, Dial M For Murder, and Strangers On A Train without even seeing any of them.
I quickly decided that I would pick a more obscure film in hopes of bringing more variety to the show. I watched Under Capricorn and The 39 Steps; neither captured my attention. With only 3 weeks left to make and send off my contribution, I watched Lifeboat. Right off the bat, it felt like the right fit.
While the film is very suspenseful, I picked a more lighthearted moment to paint; when Tallulah Bankhead flirts with John Hodiak, despite the fact that neither of them know when, or if, they’ll be rescued. Okay, it was lighthearted at the time.
I tried to add a little color like I mentioned I wanted to attempt before, but the ink I had wasn’t cooperating and would only give me washed out colors. Better luck next time, I suppose.
The show goes up on April 13th, and will stick around until May 5th, in Santa Monica, if any of you in SoCal want to check it out. For those of you who can’t make it, there’s already a preview online, and I’m sure Gallery 1988 will post more in the future.