Thursday, July 9, 2009

Homage to Dali, Mixed Media

My painting group, Pieces of Eight, has a monthly challenge. One member brings in an object for us to paint. Our first object was a toothbrush. This is my toothbrush painting, an homage to Dali, named TranscenDENTAL. An alternate title could be "Persistence of Tooth Decay." We are painting indoors lately because of the heat. Plein Air is now Hot and Humid Air and we are not into suffering. Speaking of suffering, my husband and I were weeding our yard at the same time our neighbor’s landscaper was working next door. He went on for hours without benefit of jumping into the pool frequently, which is what I was doing. I started thinking about all the tough people who work in this impossible heat: road workers, firemen, landscapers, masons, carpenters, roofers, painters…and our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are tormented by the heat, and I don’t know how they do it. Yard work makes me feel like I’m going to explode. To those who are out there, sweltering and miserable, for their families and their country, hot-weather heroes, I salute you!


  1. First, I love your pun for the title... great!

    Second, not a hero, but I do work outside. Everyday. But, unlike professional landscapers, I save the building that are the most shady on campus for this time of year. Hot.

    If you don't go in and out of the airconditioning, you really do get used to it. Or at least learn to tolerate it better. A big hat, a cool neckerchief... that will help.

  2. I love this painting! At first glance when I saw the thumbnail I didn't realize it was a toothbrush but when I opened it up in your blog -- there it was -- staring me in the teeth, I mean eyes!