It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Blue

It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Blue
1992 by George Rodrigue
20 x 24 inches
Oil on canvas
Signed by the artist

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Although the color blue dominates Rodrigue’s later paintings, it was barely visible in his early landscape paintings that tended to be veiled in shadowy earth tones of greens and browns.  By the early 1990s the loup-garou had been transformed from the dark and mythical creature into the friendlier persona of the Blue Dog, the landscapes had become brighter, often with a sun, a carryover from his early landscapes and Cajun series paintings.

The sun has been a key element in George Rodrigue’s art from the very beginning.  It first appeared in his early works as a glowing light in the distance symbolizing hope for a brighter future.  Soon after, the sun became larger swirls of golden yellow and often, as in It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Blue, became a dominate motif alongside the Blue Dog.