Thursday, April 10, 2008

Red Riding Hood

A little fairy tale for Paint Party Friday!

There is a song by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs about the wolf in Little Red Liding Hood; how he is going to try to behave himself so that she won't be scared, and he hopes that she might end up liking him. This painting is about how how some girls tame the big bad wolf.

33 comments:

Jess said...

Absolutely beautiful! I've just started reading 'Women who Run with the Wolves' so this one really resonates with me at the moment!

Rrramone said...

The wolf is never sweet. :-)

studio lolo said...

I love her dominence! (and now I have that song in my head.)

K Spoering said...

This is lovely. What paint medium do you use?

Lynette said...

Thanks, K! This is an acrylic painting, on canvasboard. This is the first time I tried using gold paint (in the apple). It just seemed right to use it in a fairy tale painting. And Rrramone, I have known some very nice wolves.

indigene said...

Lynette, this is a wonderful image! It feels romantic and dangerous! Definitely a woman who runs with wolves! Great image!

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Tricia Robertson said...

Very Beautiful! Your painting reminds me a little of Frida Kahlo. I love the story behind it!

Goatsinger said...

Hey. I subscribed to your blog awhile back, after sharing this image with my my students so they could write and reflect on it -- trying to find thematic similarities between it and To Kill a Mockingbird. It was a challenge for them and good for them.

It's been fascinating watching the images unfold, the development.

Best of luck!

~Mike

p.s. Thought you might also get a charge out of this -- this is my art form: The Goatsinger's Little Red Riding Hood. ~M

Goatsinger said...

One of the student comments I still have:

"The next thing I noticed in the painting 'Red Riding Hood' was the apple in Little Red Riding Hood’s hand. It looks as if she is about to take a bite out of it, but at the same time she looks like she is contemplating whether or not to eat it. This reminds me of the Bible story of Adam and Eve. They ate the fruit that they were told not to eat, which was the very first sin of humanity. Because of this, the apple seems to represent contemplating right and wrong and deciding whether or not to do the right thing.

"We see this struggle to do the right thing in To Kill a Mockingbird. Throughout the book, the children struggle to keep a cool head when others ridicule Atticus for defending Tom Robinson. Atticus admits that he is more worried about Scout losing her head than Jem, and Scout does lose her head more often. She beats up Walter Cunningham, Cecil Jacobs, and her cousin-once-removed, Francis. Jem only seriously loses his head once in Chapter 11, when he destroys Mrs. Dubose’s flowers."

Best,

~Mike

Lynette said...

Thanks, Mike! If your students are making connections like this, you must be an excellent teacher as well as a fine artist! That was wonderful.

La Abela said...

Great work, full of symbolism and really well done ... I like it. Saludos

Darla said...

This is a beautiful drawing. Well executed!

Netty said...

Totally beautiful piece of art. I love how she is gently tickling the wolf with her foot. A very wise lady... Happy PPF, Annette x

art2cee2 said...

I love this...a story painting. You can look at it for a long time and see different things! :-)

Gloria said...

I really like this too. It is full of symbolism. It looks like she has the upperhand right now and deciding should she or shouldn't she. The basket looks like a picnic basket that represents food to me. Will she feed him? or not! What a wonderful painting. Happy PPF!

Rosie Kaplan said...

Lovely painting, full and evocative ♥ Rosie

Tammie said...

awesomely wonderful piece! love the concept too.

Melisa said...

She's got him right where she wants him. Beautiful work.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Your work is fabulous- both in concept and execution! I always look forward to seeing what you'll come up with next!
Happy PPF,
Stephanie

SHERI C said...

FANTASTIC illustration!!!! Glad to see in other post the medium you used. Well done piece! HAPPY PPF!

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Wow... Magnificent piece Lynette...super gorgeous and so enchanting...wonderful!
victoria

Marlene said...

Love your painting and loved that song. It is now running in my head.

Christine said...

I like the theme of your beautiful work!

priti.lisa said...

What a vibrant imagination! and the talent shining through! I am in awe.
xox

Nelly said...

What a wonderful concept. I have been trying to tame that wolf for 15 years...hehe. Your painting is so beautiful!

Kristin Dudish said...

The way you handle your acrylics is amazing... I love the softness (I just want to run my hand across your canvas - don't worry, I really won't... but I want to! hee hee)

xo
Kristin

Lynette said...

Thank you everyone, for all of your lovely comments. It's wonderful how many of you create an interpretation for Miss Red. It gives me hope that the wolf can indeed be tamed!

Anne said...

Great idea and beautiful painting!

Sacred Yoli said...

Wow, this is stunning. I love it. You have mad skills! Beautiful! Happy PPF!

Pam Tucker said...

This is wonderful! I love the theme. Such beautiful colors. I could look at this for hours. :)

Terrie said...

Great theme and depiction. The colors are so nice and it's quite a thought provoking piece. It's fun to put our own interpretation on a piece of art like this.....

brendathour said...

Wonderful painting!!!

Heather said...

This is a fabulous painting. It's so well done. and the theme is just brilliant! excellent