Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

Pepsidog

(6,243 posts)
Mon Feb 12, 2018, 10:46 AM Feb 2018

Barack and Michelle Obamas portraits unveiled. Different I would say but not really my taste.

Art is definitely in the eye of the beholder. While I really don’t care for Michelle’s portrait, I would like to know what message the Artist was trying to convey. That is my personal opinion, and I am no one to criticize the artist. It looks washed out. Barack’s a little better but kind of strange with flowers. Just looking for the artists interpretation and message their art conveyed. I do know that it was so nice to see Barack and Michelle who are the definition of class and dign

18 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
Barack and Michelle Obamas portraits unveiled. Different I would say but not really my taste. (Original Post) Pepsidog Feb 2018 OP
I completely appreciate the uniqueness of both portraits Siwsan Feb 2018 #1
That was my first impression, too. procon Feb 2018 #2
for once, this is appropriate: OriginalGeek Feb 2018 #3
This message was self-deleted by its author Pepsidog Feb 2018 #4
This message was self-deleted by its author Pepsidog Feb 2018 #5
Hopefully I figured out how to link. If I didnt do it right, then FU Pepsidog Feb 2018 #6
Think I figured out how to link. Thanks Pepsidog Feb 2018 #7
nope OriginalGeek Feb 2018 #9
Dang son OriginalGeek Feb 2018 #8
I guess I still have to work on my linking skills, but then again Im not a geek. Pepsidog Feb 2018 #12
Dude, you took it wayyyyyy too seriously OriginalGeek Feb 2018 #13
Cool. I get it now Pepsidog Feb 2018 #14
I liked the style of Michelle's portrait but I don't think it was a good likeness. The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2018 #10
Ha-ha you are correct. 45 cant measure up to 44 in many ways. Pepsidog Feb 2018 #11
Apparently the artist uses gray-scale which renders the color of the skin Pepsidog Feb 2018 #15
That didn't bother me; I kind of liked it. The Velveteen Ocelot Feb 2018 #16
I'm bumming, not a fan hibbing Feb 2018 #17
I like them! Floyd R. Turbo Feb 2018 #18

Siwsan

(26,042 posts)
1. I completely appreciate the uniqueness of both portraits
Mon Feb 12, 2018, 10:48 AM
Feb 2018

I would have gone for a few fewer floral flourishes in President Obama's portrait but I love the non-traditional takes displayed by both. It will generate conversation - hopefully respectful conversation - and that's what art is supposed to do.

procon

(15,805 posts)
2. That was my first impression, too.
Mon Feb 12, 2018, 11:02 AM
Feb 2018

It's like Michelle is vanishing and she's going to totally disappear. Michelle’s portrait looks flat, faded and washed out, like a beginning watercolor sketch, something the artist has just started and hasn't yet finished.

Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #3)

Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #3)

OriginalGeek

(12,132 posts)
9. nope
Mon Feb 12, 2018, 01:25 PM
Feb 2018

but I guess my laugh was the reason for your pain so I apologize. I thought everybody loved Ron Swanson.

OriginalGeek

(12,132 posts)
8. Dang son
Mon Feb 12, 2018, 01:22 PM
Feb 2018

you got a little worked up, dintcha?

Oh, and edit to add, in case anyone was thinking of following the image failed links above, it's just a monkey taking a shit (or maybe a cow? hard to tell - focus is kinda zoomed in on the shit) and The Dude calling me an asshole. But that just, like, his opinion man.

Pepsidog

(6,243 posts)
12. I guess I still have to work on my linking skills, but then again Im not a geek.
Mon Feb 12, 2018, 01:57 PM
Feb 2018

I found DU quite by accident during a break from preparing for a trial where I was representing a person pro bono for a crime I know he didn’t commit. My client couldn’t afford a private attorney and the State was looking to railroad him. During a break in preparation, I found DU and thought much of the content reflected my personal political POV. As a busy trial attorney and Father of 4 I don’t have time for a lot of blogging and such. After about a year of reading others comments on DU, I decided to join. My black lab Pepsi was sitting there thus the handle Pepsidog was born. The majority of people on DU are really decent people but there are always a smart ass who has a sarcastic remark and offers nothing to the discussion. For you to take the time to reply with your lame pic calling my thread useless is a prime example of being an idiot. I have read many threads that don’t have links and when that happens if I’m interested I use something called “google”. That is GOOGLE or BING if that is easier. As the original geek, I would think you would have done the same and maybe provided a link yourself. Oh and your avatar which looks like the Dallas Cowboy logo. If it is now I understand your “pain”. As a lifelong Eagles fan we will be owning your ass for years to come. In conclusion, I think it was a cow shitting, not a monkey but then again I maybe wrong.

OriginalGeek

(12,132 posts)
13. Dude, you took it wayyyyyy too seriously
Mon Feb 12, 2018, 02:03 PM
Feb 2018

I just thought it was funny that a thread about pictures had no pictures. Not everything is an attack.

The Velveteen Ocelot

(114,542 posts)
10. I liked the style of Michelle's portrait but I don't think it was a good likeness.
Mon Feb 12, 2018, 01:27 PM
Feb 2018

The eyes aren't quite right. I like Barack's portrait better. Dolt 45 will be jealous of his large hands.

Pepsidog

(6,243 posts)
11. Ha-ha you are correct. 45 cant measure up to 44 in many ways.
Mon Feb 12, 2018, 01:30 PM
Feb 2018

Barack’s portrait looks better on my computer screen. Michelle’s is washed out. I wonder why the artist portrayed her that way.

Pepsidog

(6,243 posts)
15. Apparently the artist uses gray-scale which renders the color of the skin
Mon Feb 12, 2018, 02:13 PM
Feb 2018

irrelevant, that explains the washes out look

The Velveteen Ocelot

(114,542 posts)
16. That didn't bother me; I kind of liked it.
Mon Feb 12, 2018, 02:14 PM
Feb 2018

I just don't think the artist did a very good job making it look like Michelle. The eyes aren't right.

hibbing

(10,067 posts)
17. I'm bumming, not a fan
Mon Feb 12, 2018, 02:20 PM
Feb 2018

I actually thought it was a joke post when I saw it on the homepage, especially for President Obama.


Peace

Latest Discussions»The DU Lounge»Barack and Michelle Obama...