Thursday, June 01, 2006

Ceci n'est pas un Matisse

For those who didn't check out the link mentioned below, law firms hold some interesting social events for their summer associates.

I skipped the scavenger hunt today, but yesterday, I got to participate in something called Art at Work. This activity takes place in the office, and calls for the untalented lawyers and future lawyers to attempt to create -- or replicate -- a great masterpiece, supposedly in the name of relaxation and bonding.

I attempted to copy the lovely work to the left, "Narcissis" by Henri Matisse:

The result, as pictured to the right, is sort of Matisse-meets-Gauguin-meets-Van Gogh-meets-Crayola.

My mom might be proud, but this guy is probably laughing his ass off. But at least I've finally and conclusively established that my true calling was not art, and in retrospect, it's probably a good thing that I'm a tax lawyer.

(If you don't understand the title of this post, click here.)

Update: If you want to paint in your office but can't, try the Jackson Pollock-a-sketch.


mad said...

OK, I'm not trying to suck up or anything, but your version is pretty great. I like that DaDa-esque, primitive feeling sort of thing going on. And the color in nice too. Reminds me of the watercolor stuff by Emil Nolde. I'm not kidding.

Dara said...

Yeah, I get the "primitive." Actually, that's what I meant when I made the Gauguin reference. Of course, the difference there is that my primitiveness is not purposeful, it's due to a lack of brush control.

Nolde's work is pretty interesting. Mine's not watercolor, though, it's acrylic on canvas. I think I would have had an easier time with matching and mixing the colors if it were watercolor.

And when I made the Van Gogh comparison, I meant that I used A LOT of paint. Especially on the vase and bowls.