Black and blackeyed paintings of the American Indians are some of my favorites. The history of these American Indian pieces is a fascinating one. I love the story that describes the life of an American Indian, much of which was documented by photographs that were made into paintings hundreds of years ago. They capture the spirit of the American Indians, who were on the front lines of battle.
One of my favorite paintings is the blackeyed Santan in the National Museum of American Art. He stands at a precarious perch among the rocks. One rock breaks and falls, and he screams as he tumbles to the ground. This piece is called The Blackeyed Susan by Van Gogh. This painting is in the collection of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Holland. It was bought by the author and artist in exchange for his black and white photography.
Another amazing blackeyed susan picture belongs to Thomas Moran. This pictorial work is called The Optimist. Moran drew this piece while traveling through Pennsylvania with his mother and sister. They happened to stop at a roadside motel where they ran out of food and water. In his attempts to eat and drink, he drew these pictures.
The blackeyed susan picture that I am most familiar with is one by Andy Warhol. This is the portrait of a young girl who is standing beside a big oak tree. The tree is so large that she cannot see around it. Her thin, white dress stands out against the splendor around her. In the lower part of the painting, which is the planning sketch, she is dressed in rags. We can make out the outline of a hand holding a flower in its petals.
This is the second of the two pictures of blackeyed susans that Warhol drew during a period when he was very interested in flowers and the visual effect that they have on the viewer. Here, again, we can see the outlines of a hand holding a flower in its petals. The finished piece, entitled The Night Before Spring, is a complete opposite of the earlier piece, which looked much happier and more cheerful.
There are many other works from Andy Warhol that portray scenes from a simple life. Petals from a white silk gown fall freely onto the table, while a figure sits on the edge of a chair. All of these pictures of blackeyed susans convey the feeling that Warhol was having at the time: that all life is joyful and beautiful.
The final piece in this series is entitled Soup to nuts. In it, Warhol has once again used a wet point tool to make his petals fall. As they do so, a figure sits at the edge of a chair in the faraway future. Although Warhol is no longer alive, it seems that soup to nuts is the perfect way for him to leave this world.
Soup to nuts is the last of a series of pictures of blackeyed susans by Andy Warhol. It is, in a way, as important as the other pieces which precede it: soup to nuts shows us how well Andy Warhol understood what people liked in his pictures, and the importance that flowers had in making them. Through these sketches, he established himself as a great artist before his death. This final work represents one final chapter in the artist’s life.
After this series of pictures of blackeyed susans, the artist made a trip to the Himalayan region of the Andes Mountains. He spent five days there, working on this last project, which was to make a watercolor painting of a waterfall called the Lhotema. The final drawing that he produced from this experience represents part of an international group of watercolor artists called the Fauvisthes. This group were led by a woman named Anna Koolhaas who studied art in college.
After seeing a watercolor painting by the Swiss artist Paul Gauguin, Andy Warhol decided to combine two of his techniques to create a new work. The first was called the soup to nuts series, which he completed in the spring of 1958. This was when he used the opaque gouache technique. After that, he worked on developing the idea of layering pictures of blackeyed susans over opaque gouache backgrounds. By combining the two techniques, he was able to create a unique piece that came to be called the Blackeyed Susan.
Today the art world has given many names to the various styles of expression that Andy Warhol introduced with his pictures of blackeyed susans. These include the blue-wash technique, candy flossing, and pop art. Many of these terms are still in use today, although they came from different areas of art. However, there is one term that has become synonymous with these paintings, and that is pop art. It should be noted that while these paintings had strong roots in the US, they also had considerable appeal in Europe, Asia, and Australia.