Toxic Bloom, Reading the Spread

Finished another painting. This one features the gigantic toxic algae bloom discharging from Lake Okeechobee, Florida- here’s a link to a newspaper article about it if you’re interested (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/13/will-this-toxic-algae-bloom-eat-florida.html).

I did not plan to include the toxic algae bloom in this painting, but it found its way into expression along with some Florida friends- the flamingo and manatee. I dabbled with the idea of putting gas masks on them, like Banksy would, but decided against it.  Originally it was an abstract landscape using an old photo of Pamela Colman Smith as a reference.

I did change her a bit- she’s the model for the figure in the foreground. You can find out more about her here (http://www.autostraddle.com/fools-journey-the-fascinating-life-of-pamela-colman-smith-267673/) and see the original photo I referenced here (https://marygreer.wordpress.com/2008/04/17/the-art-of-pamela-colman-smith/).

Summer’s almost over! Love y’all.

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