Wonder31 #4: 1960s

Pick some aspect of the decade and brainstorm. I know the sixties were tumultuous, yet you'll find so many colorful starting points... Pop Art {i.e. Andy Warhol's series of 32 Campbell soup can paintings}, the first appearance of Spider-Man... and the advent of graffiti. Inventions include Valium, acrylic paint, the ATM, Etch-a-Sketch and the game Twister.

So I suppose you could do a series of 32 graffiti covered automated teller machines and call it a day. 

I have long been enamored with the typography of the concert posters of the Fillmore era.

Music! Well that's kind of where I took this one. Many years ago, I was lucky enough to find the book The Art of the Fillmore {now out of print} with all of the posters of that era. So for this prompt, the 1960s, I knew that I wanted to do something involving music or typography. I toyed with painting a page inspired by an album cover {something like this one from The Band} or maybe something about Woodstock?

Here's the 5 minute video to show you how I did the lettering. It takes lots of practice! You can find it at YouTube. While you are there, follow my channel, OK? 

When I paged through my books-in-process looking for something unfinished as a starting point, I found this page that I'd painted a few months ago and when I squinted, I could see the spheres as containers for 1960s lettering. The light from the window was especially good today so I filmed a portion of this page. I drew the lettering in pencil, then painted with Golden High Flow acrylic paint

Found this wonderful Woodstock poster, something that I'd never seen before! 

And... don't forget movies. Per IMDB, the top 10 movies of the decade were The Magnificent Seven, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, Psycho, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Parent Trap, Mary Poppins, Dr. Strangelove and The Sound of Music.

Now it’s your turn to create something inspired by the prompt. 

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