Friday, July 05, 2013

"Wild" West

Even though he did many paintings of western scenes, when I think of Remington, I think of his bronze sculptures, so I chose “The Outlaw” for inspiration. By use of color, line, and shape, I improvised my own form of “abstraction” in an attempt to capture the energy, drama, and movement of the original work -- just not in a representational way. The overall shape references the sculpture, but the colors and surface design techniques are in keeping with my own artistic point of view.


If nothing else, since I finished it yesterday on July 4th, it has an explosive, fireworks feel fitting to the day, hopefully not unsimilar to the explosion of power represented in Remington’s “The Outlaw.”

The piece is 13.5” x 17”. Feedback is welcomed!

Robert Hartley

10 comments:

fastfriday said...

This reflects the profile and the energy of the chosen sculpture. How perfect to celebrate an important American artist on the fourth of July!

Marilyn Foulke
Louisville, KY

Peggi Yac said...

You have certainly captured the energy and basic line of Remington's sculpture! I like it.

Jan said...

Remington's sculptures are indeed powerful pieces. When you put the two side by side you can definitely see the two are one in the same piece. I love your bright colors which also depict the energy in 'The Outlaw' while the cool background colors help calm the piece. You definitely did a great job interpreting a western piece abstractly.

Ann In Fallbrook, CA said...

Wow, this is fabulous Robert - you have certainly set the bar high for this challenge! The lines and your use of color have made this a very visually exciting quilt.

Silvia "OrkaLoca" Dell'Aere said...

great quilt and creative response to the challenge, I really like your work, and yes you absolutely fixed the energy and movement of the sculpure in your design! well done!

fastfriday said...

I love the way you have created motion and excitement through the use of both color and line. You did a perfect job of interpreting "The Outlaw" to meet the requirements of the challenge. Thanks for your contribution to our group. Pam Clark

Meena said...

Great Job interpreting the challenge!

fndlmous said...

I think your plan succeeded quite nicely. I love the movement! Introducing colour is an interesting twist on the piece.

Tobi said...

This certainly fits the "abstract" part of the challenge, since it contains the motion in the sculpture but does not read as a man on a horse. I like the use of the straight lines which also convey the sense of motion.

CD MacKenzie said...

You've abstracted movement and shape so artistically in your piece, Robert. The colors are exciting and add to the sense of movement too. Great job!