Before I get going I've got to give a shout out to Jerkface. Don't know Jerkface? He paints these awesome weird paintings on canvases, sides of buildings, trucks, and so pretty much everything.
His imagery is of cartoons that I grew up with. Tom & Jerry. Ninja Turtles. The Simpsons. Ren & Stimpy. His work inspired me to use Jerry Mouse in my painting Everybody Hates Jerry. Now I don't know if everyone does hate Jerry. Some love him. Some find him a jerk to Tom. Personally, I liked Jerry when I was a kid but hey, if everyone hates Jerry then who am I to argue!
This piece had a few unexpected challanges to it. First it was paper. A really old absorbent paper. When I layed down my acrylic, it just slurped it up.
I had to put coat after coat after coat after coat. Finally, I was able to blend my paint in with the original painting. My next challenge was to cover up the little bit of string that hung over on one of the kitten's paw. Its always more challenging to slightly manipulate a picture than totally transforming it.
I read an interview with Jerkface where he said;
"It’s really a personal journey back into my favorite childhood characters. The fun of recreating them and helping others relive there own childhood, it doesn’t get any better. Feel good stuff."
I liked that idea that you could help people remember things that made them happy. The response I get most when people see my paintings is that they had this or that painting in their grandma's/mother's/uncle's house. I think the familiarity to it makes them smile and remember and maybe bring back something that was lost in their memory. I know I've had experiences where some small seemingly insignificant thing brings me back to another time like a time machine. I know that I always feel kind of shocked and joyful when this happens and I think my work can do that for some people. And the bonus is that they experience it in a brand new way with my additional interpretation.