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Social Distancing with a touch of Magritte

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Social Distancing with a touch of Magritte

To say that the Coronavirus has changed the way we live is an understatement.
In January, no one had ever heard of the term, "Social Distancing".
Now, it's the new norm and there's no telling how long it will be in effect.
These days, a simple walk in the park is no longer possible. You have to go out of your way to stay out of the way.
I totally get it.
But I certainly don't like it.
Personally, we have been lucky so far, able to avoid the ravages of the Coronavirus. Like so many others, we have abided by the rules, sheltering ourselves at home and when we do go out, keeping our six-foot distance from others.
I thought to myself, "Why not somehow portray this in a painting and do it in what I think is now my own unmistakeable style?" The man in the bowler hat, my on-going homage to the Belgian surrealist master, Rene Magritte, would anchor the right portion of the painting. And in a similar style, a woman with her blond hair braided and in all black occupies the left portion of the canvas.
There is a noticeable gap between them.
They each stand with their backs to the viewer, so that you, as well as they are all staring out at some body of water and a distant horizon.
Though the sky is blue, the moon is out - another Magritte reference. It could be dawn. It could be dusk.
There's a light on the horizon, perhaps signaling that better times are just ahead.
I like to think so.
When you see this painting for real, it is quite striking. It's 36" x 48". The two figures really stand out against the background.
It's a painting that had Social Distancing never entered our vocabulary - if the Coronavirus had never come our way - would still be quite striking.
But with this damn virus, it has a whole new meaning.
I hope you all are well and healthy and that we can return to some sort of normalcy in the very near future.
Thanks for reading!

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