Images Submitted to the De Young Museum
The first challenge was to submit an image that celebrated 50 years of LGBTQ in San Francisco
Following that was the "Preserve Legacy" challenge. " We are grappling as a society with the contentious issues surrounding which historical legacies should be preserved in honor, and which should be dismantled. Moving forward, which woman's legacy would you want to preserve? Draw the likeness of the woman you are celebrating, or create a collage with a found image. Consider words that epitomize the ideals you admire. Explain how word placement, style and color can enhance meaning.
My sketch of Jane Fonda shows her looking back at a collage of her younger self. In her 80’s now, she continues as an anti-war protestor, human and civil rights activist, and a fighter for climate change, in addition to being an accomplished actress, a philanthropist, and writer.
i used images of Jane Fonda's career captured on film, and divided the film strips into 3 columns. In each column there are frames of Jane Fonda and what main activities she engaged in during her life.She regrets and apologized for her 1970’s photo seated on an anti-aircraft gun in North Vietnam. I believe we need to honor Jane Fonda as part of the DeYoung’s Legacy Project. This image was featured on the DeYoung Museum's website.
The next challenge was A Story I Know. To summarize the prompt: Animals often appear in stories passed down as part of the cultural heritages of people around the world. What stories that prominently feature animals did you hear growing up hearing or reading? Think of one of those stories. What attributes did the animal in the story possess? How will you accentuate those qualities of your chosen animal in your drawing?
Dear Friends at the DeYoung,
I was not aware of Cher Ami when I was a young child, maybe I was in college when I read her story, and it stuck in my mind for years, the same way that the story of Warrior, the war horse did. (I am a senior now) We still keep learning about the intelligence and feelings of animals. I've enclosed additional material about Cher Ami so people who are unfamiliar with her story can be inspired by her bravery, and a factual list of amazing attributes of pigeons.I used a photo of WWI soldiers sending out Cher Ami on her last flight, and created the illustration of Cher Ami using Prismacolor pencils and a touch of gouache paint.
Again, I was delighted to learn that my story about Cher Ami was featured on the museum website!
The challenge on the right is Unexpected Perspectives.The artist's prompt said she drew two different landscapes in perspective, showing what may have been there previously. Draw an apple or another fruit, then draw a landscape scene within that object, showing an alternative perspective. What place will you create inside your apple? How does your art depict multiple viewpoints?
My drawing shows both New York skylines enclosed in "The Big Apple' at the same location, with the Twin Tower skyline in the background. This challenge prompted me to make this a tribute to my Dad. For more than 20 years his law offices were at 110 Fulton Street. Plans for the Twin Towers called for all of the neighborhood's low standing buildings to be razed, and replaced by a 16 acre "superblock" that would form the footprint of the World Trade Center project. My Dad was forced to close his law practice and relocate since the first tower would be build there.
This was also featured on the DeYoung's website.