The Fun in Parody...
I enjoy a good parody.....which is a comical imitation of another's work.
The Greeks started all this back in the day when a song or poem imitated the style and flow of the original song or poem. The Greek word 'par' means beside and 'ody' refers to ode or song. Over centuries, this method of absurd imitation would affect literature, music, film, and art.
Here are examples of some famous parodies in Literature:
The Hunger Pains: A Parody (Hunger Games)
Bored of the Rings (Lord of the Rings)
Fifty Shades of Earl Grey (Fifty Shades of Grey)
Anyone remember Weird Al Yankovic? Ha! He made his career making fun of popular music back in the 80's! Here are a few of his parodies:
Eat It (Beat It)
Like a Surgeon (Like a Virgin)
Steve Martin also did a parody on the King Tut exhibit that traveled around named: King Tut. I'm dating myself as I remember that one too.
Young Frankenstein (Frankenstein)
Austin Powers (James Bond series)
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)
And now we come to my personal favorites. I have a few to show you. They are creative and whacky, sometimes making a statement of the times, drawing attention to a social need, and I'm sure just creative fun.
DaVinci's "Mona Lisa" with a newer contemporary look
Van Gogh's "Starry Night" and parody just in time for Halloween!
Parody... an odd little area of the art scene, and it's interesting to me to see how various expressions come out of one pure art form. Imagination is a wonderful thing!!! Hope you enjoyed it too.
I'm entering my winter painting season now and have plenty of photo references from my summer and fall river hikes. I am planning to write about each of my paintings and will share that in future newsletters.
You can see my new work on the website:
My next Open Studio & Gallery will be the first Saturday in February. I have invited Susan Greenbaum to share my space and show/tell/sell her beautiful abstract paintings. More info to follow.
Be well and appreciate beauty,
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Hi...I'm Patrice... an acrylic painter who writes, and enjoys sharing how I create and think.