Thursday, October 9, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Sugary"

Here is the final illustration for this week's Illustration Friday. Though I had planned on doing a linocut print for the art piece, on a whim I changed my mind and did a painting.

"Sugarcane Fields", acrylic on canvas
Last weekend my family and I watched the movie "Amazing Grace". When I saw this week's for IF, I instantly thought of a scene in the movie where slaves were being worked to produce refined sugar.

Our society has come a long way since then, yet there is still slavery in the world. I also think of the many migrant workers who are major contributing factor to California's economy (if not the country and beyond).

We still have much work to do.


joseph's art and stuff said...

great painting and a strong message, we do have a lot of work to do

freebird said...

This turned out really nice. It's a great picture all by itself but the message is good too. I think slavery even goes beyond immigrant labor to people who are working 3 jobs because the pay is so low they can't afford to live on one. I know everyone can't be rich but you'd think they wouldn't have to spend all their time working and worrying. I know too many people living in single rooms now because life is too expensive.

Ann said...

Great painting and powerful message.