Social Distancing with a touch of Magritte

I took a surrealistic viewpoint of Social Distancing and this is the result.

I took a surrealistic viewpoint of Social Distancing and this is the result.

To say that the Coronavirus has changed the way we live is an understatement.

In January, no one had ever heard of the term, “Social Distancing”.

Now, it’s the new norm and there’s no telling how long it will be in effect.

These days, a simple walk in the park is no longer possible. You have to go out of your way to stay out of the way.

I totally get it.

But I certainly don’t like it.

Personally, we have been lucky so far, able to avoid the ravages of the Coronavirus. Like so many others, we have abided by the rules, sheltering ourselves at home and when we do go out, keeping our six-foot distance from others.

I thought to myself, “Why not somehow portray this in a painting and do it in what I think is now my own unmistakeable style?” The man in the bowler hat, my on-going homage to the Belgian surrealist master, Rene Magritte, would anchor the right portion of the painting. And in a similar style, a woman with her blond hair braided and in all black occupies the left portion of the canvas.

There is a noticeable gap between them.

They each stand with their backs to the viewer, so that you, as well as they are all staring out at some body of water and a distant horizon.

Though the sky is blue, the moon is out – another Magritte reference. It could be dawn. It could be dusk.

There’s a light on the horizon, perhaps signaling that better times are just ahead.

I like to think so.

When you see this painting for real, it is quite striking. It’s 36″ x 48″. The two figures really stand out against the background.

It’s a painting that had Social Distancing never entered our vocabulary – if the Coronavirus had never come our way – would still be quite striking.

But with this damn virus, it has a whole new meaning.

I hope you all are well and healthy and that we can return to some sort of normalcy in the very near future.

Thanks for reading!

In addition to creating advertising and marketing communications by day, Tom is also a painter by night. His work is available on a variety of websites. For example, you can order prints of my work on Artfully Walls. You can also order prints as well as get my artwork put onto a variety of items like iPhone covers, pillow throws, tote bags, greeting cards, coffee cups, shower curtains and a wide variety of other items by visiting my other website on Pixels. As if that weren’t enough, more items are now available on Vida on an even wider variety of items – from umbrellas to yoga mats, clothing and jewelry to household items. I also invite you to follow me on Instagram to see work in progress from start to finish!

Even I Can’t See The Forest Through The Trees

There's a lot of green in my most recent painting which measures 36" x 48"

There’s a lot of green in my most recent painting which measures 36″ x 48″

I thought I’d share a few words about one of my more recent paintings which turned out way more green than I originally anticipated. The idea cam from a phot I saw of a barren tree stump in the middle of a forest. And it appeared (at least to me),  that the tree had been sawed to the ground.
Somehow, that seemed unjust.
So I decided to paint my own interpretation of it, putting the stump on more of a hill with a few other stumps in the foreground. I created a clearing of sorts on the hill, looking into the forest and I decided to bring back the man in the hat, this time standing on top of the tree stump, hands on hips, staring into the forest.
It kind of makes me wonder what he’s thinking and why he’s there to begin with as he seems totally out of place. It’s kind of a man vs. nature type of setting and it’s hard to tell who’s winning. Clearly, nature overpowers the man – he is dwarfed by the trees around him. Yet standing on that stump gives him a certain significance as he has kind of a “what am I going to do next” type of stance to him.
It’s a big painting – 36″ x 48″ and when you see it in person, all that green jumps out and grabs you.
I don’t know if it’s among my best, but I like it and hope you do, too!
In the meantime, the video by London recording artist that features my artwork has now been viewed more than 2,000 times. If you haven’t seen it yet, please take a look – I think you’ll enjoy it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCxRpPiFOk8&feature=youtu.be
I’m also getting ready for my upcoming show at The Renaissance Airport Hotel here in St. Louis where I’ll be the featured artist of the month during June. I’ll have more on that later.
I have another painting currently in progress that if it turns out as I hope, may be my new favorite that I’ve done this year.
A few of my works have also been accepted onto a webstore called Artfully Walls where you can buy prints – though you can do the exact same thing on my pixels website
I continue to be baffled by my lack of sales – I’m certainly out there trying. I guess my art is just too weird and unexpected.
Oh, well, I keep on painting, oblivious to the fact that I’m not selling.
You see, even I can’t see the forest through the trees.

In addition to creating advertising and marketing for a wide range of clients, I also paint on the side. If you know anyone who you think might enjoy learning about my paintings and the stories behind them, please pass this along to them and invite them to sign up for my free newsletter.

Also, if my prices are keeping you from purchasing anything, know that you can order prints of my work, as well as get my artwork put onto a variety of items like iPhone covers, pillow throws, tote bags, greeting cards, coffee cups, shower curtains and a wide variety of other items by visiting my other website on Pixels. I also invite you to follow me on Instagram to see work in progress from start to finish!