Two in the Water

28.00"W x 44.50"H x 2.3"D

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Laura Makinen


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: figurative, painting, oil, women, water, swimming, fashion, vintage, time, white, black, photograph, old, friendship, greyscale

Media: canvas, gesso, oil, paint, wood, stretched canvas

Size: 28"W x 44.5"H x 2.25"D

Year Created: 2018

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The image in this painting was sourced from an old black and white photo that I bought at a flea market. It depicts two women in vintage bathing suits posing for a photograph. They are in a lake or ocean surrounded by water with various other people off in the distance. Looking at this painting is like traveling back in time. I was attracted to this photo because of how it captured a moment of joy in in these women's lives as well as the composition of the photograph. It was a joy to paint- the water, the vintage fashion, and all of the different people at varying distances from the foreground make for a really satisfying image. The painting has a simple, thin wooden frame painted black around its edge.

Laura Makinen was born (1980) and raised in the city of Chicago. Art and music have been instrumental throughout her life. At Grinnell College, while pursuing a degree in Religious Studies, Laura took began a serious love affair with painting. After finishing her first degree, Laura completed a BFA in Painting at the Massachusetts College of Art and subsequently moved to San Francisco. Although she fell in love with the Bay Area, Laura is currently residing with her family back home in Chicago, where she recently completed a yoga teacher training and is painting up a storm. Over the years, she has created a significant body of both figurative and abstract work, and has participated in group shows throughout the United States.

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