Monumental Celebration Painting - Diptych - We Won! - Original
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It seemed to take forever, but finally...
On Saturday, November 7, the press finally called it. After what seemed like months of worry, Biden was declared the winner, and we finally got to breathe a sigh of relief. The long elections was over.
In my neighborhood, people were dancing, singing, and yelling.
I've never seen anything like it. People ran outside with pots and pans. Drivers honked their horns. It was like the Arab Spring, only in the USA.
When I began the painting, it was all ice cream and roses. Democracy was saved! But in the time I worked on the painting, the unfettered joy quickly turned to more outrage. Trump wasn't going quietly and his enablers were backing his crazy conspiracy theories.
So there's joy, but there's an underlying uneasiness.
I feel like we are in ultra slow motion, like in The Matrix, when it's not enough for Keanu to dodge one bullet. I just wish this bullet would get behind us (and off of Twitter).
I needed two paintings to say what I needed to say.
The celebration was all over the city, and there were people from all walks of lives cheering and dancing. I just couldn't fit that all into one painting, so this one is a Diptych. It consists of two 20” x 14” gouache paintings for a total size of 20” x 28”. I’m really happy with the energy here, especially the way the crowd is flowing out of LaFayette Square.
These paintings may be small, but they feel big.
Each piece is 20" x 14" The artworks itself total to only 20" x 28", but I painted them as if it were a 10' x 12' oil painting. I used small brushes and worked on it for weeks.