VooDood 36 has a name! This piece was inspired by “Squares with Concentric Circles” by Wassily Kandinsky. This piece is really interesting because it’s probably the artist’s most recognized work, but it was a study on exploring different color combinations. He used it as reference material for other works, and even today it is used as a teaching tool in art programs.
It was a lot of fun turning this VERY two dimensional piece into a 3 dimensional VooDood. The design quickly went from color study to a beautiful garment for this little lovely. This VooDood feels like it is singing and showing off its colors, and I think Kansinsky would have liked that kind of celebration.
On to our winner!
Congrats to Chuck Knisley for submitting “Dolly.” This name makes me SO HAPPY! First of all, these characters are based on dolls, so it’s a great fit there. However, this name was inspired by THE dolly—Dolly Parton. More specifically, this is a reference to Dolly’s famous coat of many colors. Dolly Parton grew up in a large family with very few resources. One of her most prized possessions was a coat her mother made for her from scraps of brightly colored fabric. Other kids made fun of her ragged little coat, but Dolly loved it. She wrote the song “Coat of Many Colors” about it and has said that of all of the songs she has written, this is her favorite. It’s anti-bullying, it’s about family and it’s about an attitude of being proud of who you are.
I love Dolly.
I have always loved the story, and while my intent was not to pay tribute to it in this piece, I cannot look at this VooDood now without seeing the proud little girl wearing her patchwork coat with joy and pride.
Chuck, you are in the drawing to win the big VooDood at the end! The last VooDood of the week is coming up and it is a great one, folks. Don’t go anywhere!