“Searching for Oscar” Painting

It’s been a while since I last wrote on my blog site and sent my holiday greetings to everyone. This year I’ll post more spontaneously, most likely once a month – still about art and the creative spirit.

Today’s post is timely since I watched the Academy Awards last weekend. Each year I try to see every movie eligible for an award, and look forward to watching the Oscars on TV with good friends (who cast a ballot predicting the winners) and eating a delicious meal together. Just call us film and food fanatics.

As a tribute to the many films that entertained me in 2012 and Sunday’s 85th Academy Awards, I recently completed a painting called, “Searching for Oscar.It is part of a body of work I named the Emergent Series. In one of my blogs, I described this creative process:

  • From many layers of under painting (up to 25) and canvas-length drips, spaces gradually start to emerge – at least to my eye. They’re like gaps in a colorful abstract universe that are asking to be filled. In these spaces, I draw faces and bodies. In this particular case, it’s all about images of the actors and directors from the nominated films.

Here’s the painting:

Emergent Series: “Searching for Oscar” Acrylic on canvas | 48” x 48” Artist: Meg Fitzpatrick | 2012 (photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)

Emergent Series: “Searching for Oscar”
Acrylic on canvas | 48” x 48”
Artist: Meg Fitzpatrick | 2012
(photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)

In “Searching for Oscar,” anyone can play the Emergent Series game. Try to locate:

  • Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
  • Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
  • Isabelle Allen who plays Cosette as a young girl, Les Miserables
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook (my fave JenLa won for best actress)
  • Christopher Waltz, Django Unchained
  • Ben Affleck, Argo (so glad he won for Best Picture – a travesty Affleck wasn’t nominated for Best Director)
  • Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
  • Denzel Washington, Flight
  • Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Adele, Skyfall
  • ….and finally, Golden Boy Oscar (of course)

Here’s the drawing of Steve Spielberg close-up:

detail from Emergent Series: “Searching for Oscar” (photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)

…and, another detail. This one of Jessica Chastain from Zero Dark Thirty:


detail from Emergent Series: “Searching for Oscar”
(photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)

Many thanks to the lovely North Dallas family who purchased this painting for their living room – perfect timing to watch the Oscars and enjoy “Searching for Oscar” which now hangs over their fireplace mantel.

Until next time…. Meg

3 thoughts on ““Searching for Oscar” Painting

  1. I love the challenge and interaction with the painting while attempting to locate the emerging actors. So creative and engaging! Stephanie

  2. Wow Meg, you’ve outdone yourself with this one! Love all the way you ‘hint’ at the faces and let them emerge from the painting…truly a style all your own. Congratulations on another stellar painting!

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