Individual Voice: Emily Bartholomew

For my blog post, I decided to use Dirtbag by Eroyn Franklin. I decided to use this artwork because it was the first one, I saw on the table that drew my attention. The one reason why that might be it is that my favorite color is blue and when I saw that blue painting on the table, I didn’t care about any other comic and just wanted to see what it was. When I got closer to the artwork, I realized that this was going to be the one that I write about.

Eroyn Franklin Seattle-based artist.

The one thing that caught my eye was the way that the smoke was drawn in the artwork. Since that artwork is mainly blue with a couple of hints of orange in as the people sitting down watching the house on fire, the white of the billowing smoke catches my eye because it blends in with the framing. Now looking at the painting it looks like it was a watercolor painting. Because when you look at the bottom of the painting with the darker blue colors it kind of has that water stain color. Like when you spill water on paper it adds that different texture to the paper and blends colors together. But to be honest it didn’t really look like a watercolor painting but when I looked it up on the internet, I could tell that it was a watercolor. I don’t know if it was the lighting in the room or what, but it didn’t look the same in my picture or while it was in the case compared to what it looked like on the internet.

When I first saw this it instantly reminded me of the movie ‘What’s eating Gilbert Grape’ directed by Lasse Hallstrom. In the movie, the overweight mom dies in her bed and the only way they can get her out of the house would be by a crane. But they don’t want the town to come and make fun of her so instead of her being made fun of while she’s dead. They take everything outside of the house and put it on the lawn and sit together and watch the house burnt to the ground.

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