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This section of the site contains my explorations into the world of oil painting, starting from basically from zero. After all, how hard can it be? Beginnings After much prevaricating, I managed to get my act sufficiently together (so many distractions: make the easel, make the trundle thingy to old the pallet and paints, watch a few more videos on how to do it, etc etc) and put paint on the pallet and started to daub.
The Company (June 2020) The Principals. (l to r) The Duck; Doofus; The ABC Interpretive Dance Bandicoot; the Purple Hippo (associate); The Book
In late October 2020, the Company released a video trailer of their up-coming feature presentation, Doofus and the Duck Present Art. You can see that video here Local stream: Doofus and the Duck Present Art YouTube: Doofus and the Duck Present Art This video was inspired by the work of the group known as Auralnauts, specifically their 2017 release “How To Make A Blockbuster Movie Trailer.” As you can find from other pages on this site, I (Mark) am interested in music composition and specifically writing for film so, thinks I, what better than combining the wonderful images of Doofus and Duck Present with some kind of “epic score.
A quick editorial note, if I may. I have included links to hosted reproductions of the original artworks. I have taken these images for educational purposes from freely accessible websites and no copyright infringement is intended. However, if you believe there is conflict, please send me an email asking to have the image removed from archsys.net. There is no intention of monetizing any of this content but provide it solely for enjoyment and education.
Introduction This page contains the amazing works of art my wonderful wife Emma has created during the time of quarantine: the COVID-19 pandemic of 2019/2020. She decided to recreate famous art with the stipulation that each work must contain an artist dummy (the “Doofus”), a wooden duck (“The Duck”), and the latest fiction work of Hilary Mantel (“The Book”), both these latter two she received for her birthday this year.
Introduction The continuing art adventures of Doofus and the Duck and their Company of players, as created by my wonderful wife Emma, during the time of quarantine: the COVID-19 pandemic of 2019/2020. This is the second installment of works, picking up where we left off: the expansion of the Company and the introduction of the ABC Interpretive Dance Bandicoot (see here for more). Without further ado, I’ll give you over to the Doofus and the Duck…
Introduction The continuing art adventures of Doofus and the Duck and their Company of players, as created by my wonderful wife Emma during the time of quarantine: the COVID-19 pandemic of 2019/2020. This is the third installment of works, picking up where we left off with the growing professionalism within the Company. Without further ado, I’ll give you over to the Doofus and the Duck… Challenges Vanquished Growing confidence leads to the Company becoming bolder and more adventurous in their choice of piece, gradually working up to interpreting a major work of abstract expressionism!
Introduction The continuing art adventures of Doofus and the Duck and their Company of players, as created by my wonderful wife Emma during the time of quarantine: the COVID-19 pandemic of 2019/2020. This is the fourth installment of works, the Company at the height of their abilities. Without further ado, I’ll give you over to the Doofus and the Duck… Winter 2020 Doofus and the Duck present, in honor of the day (Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste), the epic painting by Benjamin West entitled, “The Death of General Wolfe (1770),” featuring the ABC Interpretive Dance Bandicoot as the hero and martyr, General James Wolfe (“Je me souviens”)
Introduction The continuing art adventures of Doofus and the Duck and their Company of players, as created by my wonderful wife Emma during the time of quarantine: the COVID-19 pandemic of 2019/2020. This is the fifth installment of works, the Company remaining at the height of their creative endeavors. Without further ado, back to the Doofus and the Duck… Winter 2020 continues Doofus and the Duck present, another in both their solo series and illustration series, their interpretation of English Pre-Raphaelite Eleanor Vere Boyle’s watercolor for an English language edition of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, “Thumbelina (1870),” featuring the Purple Hippo as The Maid Thumbkinetta, and introducing a special guest appearance by The Christmas Fish as Themselves
Introduction The continuing art adventures of Doofus and the Duck and their Company of players, as created by my wonderful wife Emma during the time of quarantine: the COVID-19 pandemic of 2019/2020. This is the sixth installment of works, the Company remaining at the height of their creative endeavors. Without further ado, back to the Doofus and the Duck… August 2020 Cont. Doofus and the Duck present, as part of their on-going series of modern art interpretations, their tableau of Dutch master Piet Mondrian’s New Plastic Painting entitled “Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow,” starring the ABC Interpretive Dance Bandicoot as Big Red Square Top Man, and featuring the Purple Hippo as White Square Dude
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