Thursday, September 3, 2009

EDM #239


EDM challenge #239 - Draw something that has scared you.
12x16 Kilamanjaro 140 lb. wc paper; watercolor, india ink, gesso, graphite

When I think back to all of the things that have scared me I thought of a few particular things. The one that stood out that was perhaps not too uncomfortably revealing was the film Wizard of Oz. I think that it is amazing that this film is still being shown on TV every year, and speaks to how it has become canon in the American cultural vernacular. How many of us have the shared experience of watching this film as a child hidden behind couch pillows, or peering from around the living room furniture, or even leaving the room at certain points - yet maintaining to friends the next day at school that you sat through the whole thing unafraid. Having two older brothers also put this weird sorta pressure on me to endure something that given the "choice" I would rather had not. Then you get the opportunity to see your own child react the same way to the same film, which somehow reinforces everything that you remember about your own childhood.

13 comments:

Alan said...

I am always on the lookout for flying monkeys. shiver

MaryO said...

Oh dear, I guess I never thought about this film frightening children. I'll feel a little differently about it now, I think.
But I admire you for spending time painting something so unpleasant for you.

Martine said...

I haven't seen that film but your painting does give the frightening impression kids would try to escape.
Well done
Martine

Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

It's so funny that I have come across this... just this weekend my boys and I were discussing what movies scared me when I was little and "Wizard of Oz" (the witch) scared me too! You have done a great job with capturing this scene.

Art is for the Making said...

I have never been able to watch the entire show, though I've claimed all my life to love the movie. Too scary!!

nanke's stuff said...

When it came out my mother took my 2 older sisters to the theatre to see it .... when the witch was on, my oldest sister dove under the seat and screamed! Your little painting is very true to both the looks and the feeling of the characters. Well done! nancy

Gary said...

Thanks everybody for comments.

Ellen said...

Wow! The face on the flying monkey!! Too good!

melissa_sabin@yahoo.com said...

Nothing was ever creepier than those flying monkeys! Amazing sketch.

suzanne cabrera said...

Oh yes...me too, me too.

Michele Theberge said...

I forgot how terrified I used to be of the Wicked Witch of the West!

Your work is great, Gary and I love seeing it in the blog format with your comments and insights.

Cathie Tonkins said...

The Wicked Witch of the West was the scariest! I had nightmares for months and do not like scary movies to this day. Good Painting!

Jen said...

Yay Unc Garuch! One of my favorite movies, but I agree, the flying monkeys were the scariest part! Love you!