If an artist were to paint, draw, sketch an object or activity from your everyday life

-what do you think they might capture?

When the 3 sissies sat down and developed the “Picture This” calendar of everyday things, the shape “cone” was really undefined-it was just a shape-a cone.  So, I pondered for a bit about the shape of a cone and thought I would blog about ice cream cones-end of summer and all.  Well, the most amazing thing happened-as I was parking my car the other day-a white pick up truck from the utility company pulled in beside me.  The man got out and proceeded to put this on the hood of his truck:

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My inspiration-a  bizarre and perfectly timed message from the universe had given me the answer:    I would make a blog post about the traffic cone-but then I thought-huh??

Artists are always doing crazy things in the name of self expression I decided I would check and see if any artist had EVER done anything depicting a traffic cone and called it “art”-seemed like a long shot, but….

Not only did the artist, David Oppenheim, depict a traffic cone-he created 5 of them-18 feet high in installations all over the world.   Oppenheim made a career of the “transformation of everyday objects/life into art.”  I read a bit about the artist and found him to be an odd sort of fellow-the few interviews he gave seemed excruciatingly uncomfortable for him.  His work is described as wild and chaotic.  I guess one would need to be a tortured soul to conceive of 18 feet orange traffic cones as art-but I’m glad he did-it made me smile.

Dennis Oppenheim_Cones on Park Ave

It kind of reminded me of the famous Andy Warhol canvas filled with Campbell soup cans.  Which made me think of the many ways artists have tried to capture-to transform the everyday objects/life into art.

Andy Warhol-1962 synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Andy Warhol-1962
synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Jug depicting women perfuming clothes, ca. 420–410 B.C.;  Attributed to the Meidias Painter

Jug depicting women perfuming clothes, ca. 420–410 B.C.;
Attributed to the Meidias Painter

Courbet, The Stonebreakers, 1845

Courbet, The Stonebreakers, 1845

With cameras everywhere, we might be at the tipping point of just how much everyday life/objects one society can record, but I’m glad a man put a traffic cone on the hood of his truck and inspired me to ponder the traffic cone as art.

YOUR TURN:  Look for one thing today that seems so ordinary that just about everybody in the world would walk past it and never even notice. But today, take one second and look at that ordinary thing and make it into your very own little masterpiece. And then, take picture and share that ordinary thing with your iSissies!