I think I just knocked my own socks off





Geez I love how I can go from hating a painting I’m working on to absolutely LOVING IT!!!!  Yes, I’m proud, yes I’m arrogant,  yes I love this a little too much, but seriously can you blame me?  It’s amazing how a talk with my mother in law can inspire me to add roses to the corners and presto chango I’m so happy I could burst!  Please feel free to interpret this for yourself, I will post my thoughts on the piece later.




About toccopolasam

Artist Statement: I'm an outsider artist of women's traditional arts. I've been categorized both as a folk artist and south Gothic artist. I'm not sure either category fits me, but I know my art is informed by a feminine gaze. I distrust labels of this kind. Like my grandmother sewing, I do this because I consider it beautiful. I believe in making art that has a narrative, one that creates an ambiance contributing to the visual effect of the work. Like all Southerners raised in the specter of Lost Cause discourse, memories haunt me and my work as an artist. Although southern Gothic is generally rendered in ockers and gray because of multiple layers of decay on the genre, I use garish, Madi Gras colors in defiance of the myth that Scarlett O Hara is alive and well and living in Toccopola. My art searches the landscape for signs of the new south, I'm trying to scrape off the Mary Kay and show the real face however pock-marked of lady antebellum.
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7 Responses to I think I just knocked my own socks off

  1. 1stjoeyanna says:

    I love it! I would buy this piece! Excellent! 🙂

  2. CJ says:

    This is fantastic! Love the sense of dreariness with the greys and then the pops of color all around.

    • toccopolasam says:

      Thank you, I was very pleased with how the feelings came out through the color. Please read the description and tell me what you think.

      • CJ says:

        The story behind it is very interesting…I just finished the book “Saving CeeCee Honeycutt” and I feel like this picture was right out of that book (the mother to be exact). The rusting on the car and the state of the house really reflect your story. What made you put her on the roof?

      • toccopolasam says:

        When I was a youth it was fun for me and the rest of the neighborhood hodelums used to climb on the roofs of old homes and smoke and cuss. We thought that was the cool thing to do, it also was an escape from the reality of the poverty we were surrounded in.

      • CJ says:

        Where I grew up it was always ponds in the back of the woods and rocks. Different landscape…same theme *smiles*. The painting is great! Keep up the awesome work!

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