Saturday, May 19, 2007

Illustration Friday - Signs



This painting is entitled "Burma Shave". It honors the little signs which used to be placed along the roadways to entertain (and elicit business from) travelers, but which have now faded into the sunset. There would be a short poem, a few words at a time, painted on little signs in a series of 5 or 6. We'd all read every sign aloud as we passed. You young folks who don't remember can read about them here: http://www.fiftiesweb.com/burma.htm and see some examples of the rhymes. They were fun, and I miss them.

13 comments:

platitudinal said...

I will check out the site you mentioned, it sounds very interesting. I love the colors you used for this illustration. They are so bold and vivid. I especially like the red sun that resolutely rising from the horizon.

aynaku said...

very nice painting...I like the composition and the use of simple primary colours...and interesting writing as well...thanks for stopping by...

Alina Chau said...

beautiful, love the bright color and composition.

trudette said...

Great picture, love the abstract sort of layout .

Nancy Bea said...

There is a really charming simplicity to this piece...great graphic quality!

Kstyles said...

I love how bold the colors are in your painting. Nice work!

Focus_ret said...

Thanks, everyone, for your kind comments.

By the way, that sun is supposed to be setting on an era. How does one draw a sun to make it look as if it is setting rather than rising?

Big Zed said...

Beautifuly simple, lovely colours and composition.

simon wild said...

a great abstraction of an interesting subject, good work

serline said...

Neat and beautiful colors!
I think you can give the sun rays a more dispersed look.

Nicole said...

Beautiful way!

Kathleen Rietz said...

Great choice of primary colors for this one.

Focus_ret said...

Thanks for the suggestion, Serline. I'll try that next time.