Blue man with burden
This blue man carries a heavy burden. Blue is the color of depression and melancholy. The railway carriage in the background makes it immediately clear that he is a painted man with a painted stone. So, it is a scene in an outside space. Everyone can see his fight. It is an uncomfortable confrontation with someone else’s problem. Or do we recognize ourselves in the blue man?
Everyone knows the feeling of having to carry a load. Sometimes that is literal, toiling like a beast of burden with a large or heavy object. Even more often that is figurative. For example, guilt or doubt presses on conscience. Or the weight of responsibility feels heavy. Something like that can make you feel miserable for a long time. Sometimes it helps to get help in such a situation. If only it is a good conversation or a token of respect or appreciation. The best thing is of course if someone helps with carrying. The stones of the dolmens and other megalithic monuments were only raised by the effort of many. Sometimes entire communities were involved.
Technique of “Blue man with burden”
Because I like to work with wallpaper, I have a stack of wallpaper books at home. I regularly tear out pieces for painting. In this collection I also found pieces of photo wallpaper, including this railway carriage. After a long consideration, I painted a nude person. The stone came afterwards. The result was this acrylic painting on a wagon: Blue man with burden, 24 x 32 cm.
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