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Saturday in the park: a post-card experiment

Cindy Tonkin - July 11, 2016

So I’m staying in Chicago right now.
I’m improvising a lot and seeing lots of shows, so not much time to make art.
But when I was visiting the Art Institute of Chicago I wondered what a carousel from the Impressionist masterpieces might be like.
Here’s how it turned out.
It’s Georges Seurat’s Saturday afternoon at the Grande Jatte


I’m not super happy with this. More and more I realise it’s hard to make a silk purse from a sow’s ear: this one is a 1927 book I found dumped in the alley (America Dances). The 90 year old paper is a lovely colour, and the print is great, but the age of the paper means it pills easily and folds badly.
Measures 12 x 14 when closed.
I also feel it’s very crowded (he worked it to work nicely with 2d, not with simulated 3d.
and I didn’t do such a great job with colour matching: again the 90 year old paper tore and pilled when I tried to spread the watercolour pencil.
Here are some in-construction pictures, just for my own record.


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