Picture Re-creation: The Scream (in Balloons!)

My older sister Julie and my older brother Ben gave me an incredible, one-of-a-kind gift for my seventeenth birthday: Julie, a professional balloon artist, offered to build Edvard Munch’s The Scream out of balloons, and Ben, a talented photographer, offered to take pictures of me posing as the screamer in front of the balloon creation.

Needless to say, I screamed with delight!

Julie’s unbelievable work is nothing short of a masterpiece in and of itself. I cannot thank Julie and Ben enough for this treat! Check out the inflatable results by clicking on the circles below.

For more screamin’ fun, look at my cake rendition of the painting, my Halloween costume, and my trip to Grounds for Sculpture!


An Art History Halloween

Boo! For a holiday that is all about terror, what painting is more appropriate than Edvard Munch’s The Scream? This Halloween, I dressed up as the legendary work of art – not as the ghoulish figure in the painting but as the painting itself!


With my new The Scream shirt on my body, a howl on my face, and a frame around my neck, I know that my art history costume did the trick (and the treat) on October 31. If you want to see more art history Halloween costumes, check out these incredible Buzzfeed photos!

Picture Re-creations: Airigami’s Balloon Masterpieces

Larry Moss, founder of Airigami, makes incredible and inflatable artwork out of balloons! His amazingly fun portfolio of twisted latex designs includes delightful re-creations of famous masterpieces. With his permission, I am sharing some of my favorites below.

Be sure to check out the rest of his air-filled renditions of iconic paintings under the Master Works section of his website www.airigami.com – these gems are sure to not go over like a lead balloon!


Picture Re-creation: Whistler’s Mother

James McNeill Whistler painted Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 in 1871. Ever heard of it? This iconic work is much more famous under the title Whistler’s Mother, and I decided to re-create it. I might not be Anna McNeill Whistler, but hopefully my version comes close to replicating this masterpiece.


Take a good look at the re-creation. Do you spot any element that does not match the original? Hint: Look at the picture to the left!

Picture Re-creation: Vitruvian Man

Around 1490, Renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci sketched Vitruvian Man to depict geometrically perfect human proportions. About 523 years later, I had an in-the-box idea (get it?) and gave this masterpiece a female makeover. Something tells me that da Vinci used different tools to aid him, as I found an iPhone camera and Microsoft Word’s “Remove Background” button quite helpful.

Here is what I affectionately call Vitruvian Woman:

vitruvian woman

As Protagoras said, “Woman is the measure of all things.” (Okay, maybe he said, “Man is the measure of all things.”)

Picture Re-creation: Freedom from Want

Norman Rockwell’s works transport the viewer to a bygone era of simple joys, and Freedom from Want is no exception. Created to depict one of the Four Freedoms enumerated in President Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union, the charming vision of a family gathered around a Thanksgiving table is one of my favorites.

Thanksgiving 2012 found my extended family in New Orleans, and I announced that I wanted to stage Rockwell’s masterpiece at our own Thanksgiving table. Here’s the final product:


My history with Rockwell did not start there! I was lucky enough to go to the “Rockwell’s America: Celebrating the Art of Norman Rockwell” exhibit, which featured three-dimensional versions of Rockwell’s paintings, when it arrived at Pennsylvania’s King of Prussia Mall in December 2009.

Picture Re-creation: American Gothic

Back in 2011, my family journeyed to the fabled Iowa State Fair, a delightful conglomeration of colorful rides, grape-stomping contests (my siblings and I placed third out of three), and fried foods on sticks. On the way there, I asked to stop in Eldon, Iowa, home of the Dibble House.

What’s the Dibble House? It is the white home with the iconic Gothic window that Grant Wood immortalized in his 1930 masterpiece American Gothic. The American Gothic House Center provides replica costumes and pitchforks so that tourists can snap their own versions of American Gothic in front of the actual house. This experience was a true highlight of our vacation in the heartland.

Without further ado, I present to you my first-ever picture recreation!


Fun fact: Did you know that the woman is meant to be the man’s daughter? I, like the rest of the world, fancied her his wife. Well, in this photo, I’m his sister.