This triptych was created by Lauren Scanlon, a very good friend of mine. The piece includes portraits of Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan, all of whom were invited to play at Woodstock and regrettably declined due to other obligations. Each piece includes a hint of why they were absent or declined.
Joni Mitchell’s manager booked her for the Dick Cavett show and encouraged her to go on the show rather than perform at the music festival.
Many speculated that Jim Morrison declined because he didn’t like to perform outdoors. He thought that Woodstock was going to be a second class repeat of Monterey Pop Festival.
Bob Dylan had signed up to play at the Isle of Wight Festival of Music earlier on, and he set sail on the Queen Elizabeth II with his wife Sarah on August 15th, the day Woodstock began.
Scanlon’s artwork never fails to impress me. She particularly succeeds in creating unique portrait paintings. Be on the lookout for more great things from her.
Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, by Caspar David Friedrich (1818)
Caspar David Friedrich was a 19th-century German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation. The visualization and portrayal of landscape in an entirely new manner was Friedrich’s key innovation. He sought not just to explore the blissful enjoyment of a beautiful view, but rather to examine an instant of sublimity, a reunion with the spiritual self through the contemplation of nature. Friedrich created the notion of a landscape full of romantic feeling—die romantische Stimmungslandschaft.
See Rafael Pavon’s “Mind the Fog” animation below for a more modern approach to this concept:
Pavon plays with the feelings experienced by the wanderer in Friedrich’s Wanderer above the Sea of Fog, transposing them onto a modern day London. Pavon’s animation combines a heady mix of layers of photography and 3D affects to achieve a landscape filled with whirling clouds and moving red buses.
The Clocktower at St. Tropez, by Paul Signac (1896)
Image courtesy of Bridgeman Art Library