Monday, May 25, 2009

The Man of Steel

The Man of Steel| 5"x7" | oil on hardboard

"Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!"

On our recent trip to Tennessee, we were on I-24 between St. Louis and Nashville when we saw a billboard inviting us to Metropolis, Illinois, "Hometown of Superman - Exit now and see the giant statue of Superman". Well, how can a family on a road trip vacation pass up an opportunity as tempting as that? It was the perfect Clark Griswold moment, so we took the exit and followed the signs to the quaint town square in downtown Metropolis. What a great place. Quintessential small town America and the perfect home for "truth, justice and the American way".

Jack and Joe pose in front of Superman in downtown Metropolis

We got out of the car, took a bunch of pictures and quickly dashed into the souvenir store. Unfortunately, we were on a tight schedule, so we didn't have as much time to roam around as we'd like but it was great fun none the less. Then on to Nashville, faster than a speeding bullet...

The painting is from an unconventional angle, but I do like how it gives you a childlike perspective of this bigger than life super-hero.

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  1. Great job, John! I really like the point of view - very fun piece.

  2. oooooh I just LOVE this one! hahah this is really fun and attractive caught my eye imediately! not only are the colors terrific, but that viewpoint is so unique! super piece!