Saturday, April 23, 2011

Strange Fruit

Ok so here's a redo of a previous painting I did.
It can be a poster or even a book cover but it's based on the lyrics of the song "Strange Fruit" performed by Billie Holiday.

The song is a poem about lynchings in the south.
Here is the poem:
Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant South,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh!

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the tree to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.

So we got some crow, some blood on some leaves, and I'm gonna try to get some pastoral colors in there.
I also want to see if it's possible to create that oily shine that crows have without too much difficulty.

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