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June 13, 2003

Ripped From the Pages of Friedrich's Sketchbooks...


This little doodle dates from the era when my girls were young enough that I had both Barbie dolls and little wooden train cars lying around when I went looking for something to draw. Technically, this is mildly interesting because there’s no linear under-drawing involved; it was all done with overlapping patches of acrylic paint, in which an original shape could be corrected only by changing the shapes around it. I remember it more for it's rather sinister mood: I remember that as I was painting away, it started dawning on me that that Barbie, in contrast to the straightforward, four-square train car, was a bit of a schemer.

As is fairly obvious from the background it was painted at night; I guess somehow a certain late night cynicism worked its way into the painting. Sorry, Barbie.



posted by Michael at June 13, 2003


It's a darn good thing she's a doll cuz otherwise she'd need her hips replaced to sit at that angle to her spine.

My daughter had problems keeping her Barbie's heads on--something I found to be symbolic, somehow.

Posted by: Deb on June 13, 2003 9:14 PM

Deb--Ioved your comment. My older brothers always put my Barbie's head on backwards. Not quite sure what they were saying...

Posted by: annette on June 14, 2003 10:00 AM

Ack! In Acrylic? The hated medium? The paint that dries into a thick plastic gloo within seconds. You have much more patience than me, all my acyrills turn into gloppy messes.

Why I keep to ink and watercolor.


Posted by: JLeavitt on June 14, 2003 1:05 PM

Bravo! This captures Barbie as I remember her.

Posted by: j.c. on June 16, 2003 10:09 PM

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