The official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled just now and whoa, I say put the veil back on!
The Deep Thinker, Barack, sitting in a field of flowers, kinda like Ferdinand the Bull did, stopping to smell the roses? Not sure what all the greenery is supposed to mean, surely something, but it’s lost on me entirely.
He looks forlorn, as if he knew back then that his legacy would soon be 99% gone. The artist got the touch of gray hair right but forgot the cigarette. Honestly, Barack’s pose is like he’s sitting on the toilet. Hey women, isn’t he manspreading?
Now, as for Michelle’s portrait, I don’t see the likeness at all. Not the facial features. Not the hair. She looks unhappy, but then again, I think she was unhappy at the White House and as First Lady.
But kudos to Barack and Michelle for understanding the importance of asking black artists to paint their portraits. I’m sure for the two artists, this is life changing and an honor. Maybe my white privilege is showing that I can’t understand Michelle’s portrait at all??
The video footage I saw of the unveiling made it seem Barack and Michelle were surprised by the portraits. You don’t think they saw them along the process??? They had to.
Monday means lots of small shores and lots of bills to pay. Otherwise, nothing much to report. Have a good one.