Friday, November 1, 2013

When Pug Met Chameleon



Reading about how Marvin Gaye's estate is suing Robin Thicke for imitating Gaye's song in Blurred Lines got me thinking about art and whether any image is really original. I guess we are all subconsciously influenced by many pictures we have seen over the years when we create art.

After I did my picture of When Pug Met Chameleon and posted it on Facebook my German friend who I do a German literature class with commented that she remembered that when we read Bernhard Schlink's Das Maedchen mit der Eidechse/Girl with Salamander we also looked at a picture which might have influenced me subconciously:

Das Maedchen mit der Eidechse by Ernst Stueckelberg

My German teacher had a point, indeed, the similarities are quite strong. But the pug's expression in my painting is more terrified. Isn't it amazing the way images get stuck in one's head? Buy my art at ImageKind.com.

18 comments:

  1. I love how they are looking at each other. Wonderful, Valerie

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  2. I think it's adorable! The surprised look is the cutest part.

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  3. Lovely post and your animal portraits are so sweet and beautiful. Great works. thank you for sharing.

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  4. I love your pug.... oh what fun yours is compared to what MAY have influenced your subconscious!! I know over the years I have been subliminally influenced then painted colors in my home that I saw in back ground on tv....which always made me years ahead of the color trends.... By the time it comes in style we are ready to revamp!

    Wonderful post!
    Hugs Giggles

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  5. I see what you mean, but I don't think you need worry about being sued! ;-)
    Your painting is terrific!

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  6. Lynn Cohen....ha ha no I did not think I would be sued I was just amazed at the similarities...the sort of feel was the same in both pictures!!

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  7. Thanks so much for your comment - so glad to pay a return visit and discover your wonderful watercolours. The expression on Pug's face is a delight!
    Alison x

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  8. Love the detail you gt with your water colors ♥ He's an adorable little guy :)
    Thanks for stopping by !

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  9. So sweet!! Thanks so much for participating in our PILE IT ON challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    ~DEANNE~
    A Little Bit O' Paper

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  10. Sweet! I LOVE the pug's expression as the chameleon climbs on him. Blessings!

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  11. So cute! Pugs are my favorite dog. The similarities in composition and pose are quite amazing. You've got me thinking with this post.

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  12. really interesting thoughts and comparison. Beautiful pug painting!

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  13. Your painting is adorable! I love how you have captured the pug's expression!

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  14. Love your painting! I agree there are probably not many 'original' ideas out there, but thank goodness for variations on a theme...happy PPF!

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  15. Your pug definitely looks terrified! Very cute. Original is difficult, there's so much out there, but I think if you're working from your heart, that's the most important thing, and I think you definitely are!

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