Dancing California palm trees.

Shake, Shake, Shake! 24" x 36" May 13, 2008

   As a boy, Ron Marlett was a fan of old cartoons made in the 1930s. His favorite ones were Ub Iwerks cartoons that portrayed the characters, trees, and houses dancing to the beat of boogie woogie music. Marlett's past involvement in Tahitian music and dance inspired him to render California palms as though they were dancing to the beat of Tahitian drums. The painting becomes a metaphor about how powerful our primeval urge is to dance when we hear a strong rhythmic beat. We animate ourselves to the drums and romanticize that nature is also affected by our creative inspirations. You can buy a poster of this painting at Ron Marlett's Store

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