Saturday, July 16, 2011

On Dorothy...

So an illustration club that I belong to had a FanArt theme this month. I created this piece based on that theme and on the theme, Poppies, for another group I'm involved with. Killing two birds with one stone! This is Dorothy Among The Poppies, based on L. Frank Baum's character, Dorothy Gale.

11x14, oil pastel on canvas board. I wanted a folk art feel.

During The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and her companions become stranded in a field of poppies. Since opium is derived from poppies (I knew this as a child), I found the idea of a young girl under the spell of this plant to be pretty disturbing. I suppose this is a piece portraying Dorothy, the opium addict.