Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sally in Cinemascope

My submission for the Illustration Friday theme of this week: Homage


Sally in Cinemascope (acrylic on an 8 x 8 inch stretched canvas)

Sally pays homage to film by devoting all of her home movie viewing to the Super 8 film format using her old clunky & noisy projector. Sally's favourite films are Hammer Horrors. Sally lives with nine cats. They are called: The Cat of the Opera, The Curse of the Cat, The Revenge of the Cat, The Invisible Cat, The Mummy Cat, The Cat of the Baskervilles, Cat AD 1972, Cat: Prince of Darkness, and The Two Faces of Dr. Cat. Sally usually refers to each of them simply as, Bob. Sally's lifelong dream has been to feature on a Fantale wrapper. The closest Sally has come to this was in having her name featured on a tree in grade six. The feature was in the form of a declaration of love scratched into the tree trunk by a boy called Sam. "Sam ♥ Sally" it announced. Sally later discovered that Sam was in fact publicising his love for her best friend. Also called Sally. Best friend Sally is now a critically acclaimed actress. Best friend Sally & Sam's growing love for each other eventually lead to marriage. Sally was Sally's bridesmaid. Sally reads Sylvia Plath. Sally rarely smiles. What's to fuckin' smile about when your biggest claim to fame was a misinterpreted childhood crush scrawled into an old tree that was long ago removed to make way for the construction of a multiplex cinema that screens schmaltzy happy-ever-after romance ad nauseam.

Intermission over, now back to the movie...

27 comments:

Rrramone said...

Always love any homage to the movies! Going to have some tea now. :-)

Right Brained Gal said...

great illustration. funy little story.

Karen from A`Musements said...

L love that Sally rarely smiles and of course... reads Sylvia Plath. Girl after my own heart. Wish my hair would stay in place like hers.
WONDERFUL ARTWORK!!! You are the female Charles Schultz, Miss Australia! Bravo!
xoxo
Karen

donat said...

hooray harriet!!! was wondering when you would blog more of your own art. dynamite painting! the story was very entertaining. your writing style reminds me of dorothy parker. you know her? she's great. you're great!

* I visited your art exhibit the other week when i was in bris & thought it was fantastic! well done 'harriet' ;)

Hey Harriet said...

Donat - Yes I do know Dorothy Parker! One of my fave writers ever! I'm not worthy of such a comparison though, but thankyou :)

& thanks so much for visiting my little art exhibit! :D

2danimator said...

nice simple shapes and strong graphic image. long live super 8!

Richard said...

Nice piece, you've managed to capture an emotion beautifully in so few lines.

ian russell said...

great retro, harriet. yeah, I miss those film projectors - I can understand how they work!

Fog and Thistle said...

Wow wow wow! Fun read, love the last line! Loved it all.

rizal said...

Wow.. such a homeage to 8mm film. I like how you use simple shapes and flat colours to do your illo. They blend very well. :)

sycla said...

Ah, Hammer Films...Some of the best! And poor Sally: will she ever put down that dogeared copy of The Bell Jar in time to fall in love again?

Nice work! And thank you for visiting and commenting on my latest illustration.

studio lolo said...

whew! That's quite a story! Cute illo too :)

marcisenders said...

Adorable!

Chris said...

I think Sally's mildly disappointed because her projector was a lowly 8mm. 16mm is twice as good, right?

Really cool painting. The projector looks great! I like its pointy feet.

estherc said...

ccol blog and cute artwork, great!

High Desert Diva said...

Hey...had a message on my blog re: your comment on thieving Malaysian monkeys. M. Kate from La Vie Est Belle blog wanted to know where that happened. Want to meander over to her blog and let her know?


btw...I left a message on this post the other day and it's not here...
:-(

M.KATE said...

Hi there, tks for dropping by, so good to know more friends and i love your heading..its so COOL, enjoyed reading all the older post too, so will be back often,you have a fantastic week ahead :)

Hey Harriet said...

Diva - Thanks. Wandered on over to La Vie Est Belle's blog with the monkey report. Glad I did, it's a cool blog :)

Re: Your missing comment. Sorry. Didn't see it. Don't know what happened there :(

Jessica Ziel said...

love Sally and all her cats

Distressing Delilah said...

oh my...very interesting!!!!! Great picture!

Allison said...

Aw, love Sally....love her projector!

Jessica said...

awwwww...i love it!

SENTA said...

Poor Sally! She's adorable though, so she'll be all right...Love this!

rachael said...

super 8 and hammer horrors! definitely things to pay homage to...very cute, i love the whole backstory too :)

Digital Scott's Illustrationblog said...

I like this a lot!!! Great work.

imwithsully said...

Poor Sally and her cool projector. I guess she doesn't mind about the convenience of a DVD. What bold graphic style!

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