The Laws of Nature

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Series Continues


Nest Eggs at the Treasury, MMX

watercolor on paper
28" x 15"
As part of my ongoing series about the condition of our "nest eggs" since the crash in 2008, I've just completed this painting. The scene the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and I've selected an anachronistic theme to express the despair and anger of WE THE PEOPLE who are subjected to the arrogance and disconnection of the government to our plight during this crisis.

Here are the previous two paintings in this series, also in watercolor:

Nest Eggs on Wall Street, MMVIII
and
Nest Eggs in Washington D.C., MMVIII

Tomorrow (or the next day!) more on art theory. Happy painting, everyone!

16 comments:

-Don said...

Excellent job, Kathy! This is a powerful statement beautifully rendered. I can feel and hear the rumble of the earthquake as the financial world comes crashing down atop the huddled masses while the clueless official continues to revel in his moment in the sun - little realizing that his position is crumbling beneath him.

My hat goes off to you, my friend. I'm in awe.

-Don

Sandy Maudlin said...

These are amazingly painted and so creatively planned. WOnderful and timely too.

The Artist Within Us said...

It is hard to follow in the shadow of Don who so eloquently expressed what is also on my mind, but leaving it at that does not reveal what I am also thinking about the subject matter of your watercolour.

Artist have become so self-focused on themselves, that very few are willing to tackle social issues, regardless of the position they take. Therefore when I saw your incredible work and your favorite subject matter applied as a metaphor, I felt you hit all the notes on a grand piano in a crescendo that Bernstein would be proud of.

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and a great start to the week,
Egmont

Mark Sheeky said...

Great work! The statue exactly conveys the government, distance and arrogange too. I like the fact that everything is cracking, even its base!

Margaret Ryall said...

I have no other adjectives to describe these works except fantastic. I appreciate how you achieve vibrancy with watercolour. It isn't a medium that I usually find exciting.

Carolina Moon Arts Studio said...

Kathy, i cannot add another adjective except AWESOME! on so many levels.

hwfarber said...

These are great--love that the color comes from the nest eggs. Is that Hamilton who's turned his head in front of Treasury, or did you move Jefferson or Washington over to straighten out the mess?

Kathy said...

Thanks so much, everyone!! I'm bowled-over by your enthusiastic support of my work. It means a great deal to me, and I am heartened by your response.

Hallie - the statue is Albert Gallatin wo was the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury at one time. His statue appears outside of the Treasury building. I decided to use him for a couple of reasons. He was an opponent of Alexander Hamilton's financial policies AND he did some questionable shuffling around of government funds in order to finance a war.

hwfarber said...

I must have never walked around the building; I only remembered Hamilton. Lots of statues in Washington.

PAMO said...
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Kathy said...

Thank you, Pam :)

Celeste Bergin said...

I don't know much about Biblical things (raised Catholic, we didn't pay much attention to the Bible, lol)..but these remind me of the story of the Money Changers and the Temple, etc. These tell the epic story of ruin and woe right in the middle of everything that describes strength. Wonderful work.

Carolina Moon Arts Studio said...

Great analogy Celeste. In the back of my mind i was thinking the same thing but couldn't put my finger on it. I think its fascinating work!

Dan Kent said...

These are very dramatic and very effective. I hope the politicians have egg on their face! (And I so totally agree.) I really love the way you have incorporated your eggs into real-life subject matter. Very creative. I think you are onto something. Besides that, I am blown away by the fact that this is watercolor! You have an amazing skill with the medium.

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Fascinating Kathy! What a creative mind! Such an exciting narrative; I think the classical approach is most effective!

Kathy said...

Thanks, all! Your insights give me a whole new way of looking at my work. I really appreciate your comments. Happy painting!