Islands in the Stream
2000 by George Rodrigue
36 x 48 inches
Acrylic on canvas
Location: New Orleans
Reference: Rodrigue, George and Wendy Rodrigue. Blue Dog Love. Editted by David McAninch. Published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang NY. (2001). p. 43.
From 1990 on, the Red Dog made appearances in Rodrigue’s paintings — sometimes symbolizing good versus evil, but never in a sinister way. The inclusion of the Red Dog was always done rather light-hearted and in jest, more often a reference to the playful and mischievous side of the artist himself. The Red Dog also took on a patriotic meaning when paired with a Blue and White Dog, or sometimes it represented love. Quite often, the title of the painting gave more insight into Rodrigue’s inclusion of the Red Dog such as I’ve Learned to be on Both Sides of the Issue (1996), I Had a Bad Brother (2009) or She Stole My Burning Heart (2006)
Inspired by the love song (of the same title), written by the Bee Gees, and sung by American country music icons, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, Islands in the Stream is certainly about love, and was featured in the 2001 book by George and Wendy Rodrigue, Blue Dog Love. The caption beneath the image reads “two wandering hearts find each other and become one.”
This large-scale painting featuring the head and shoulders images of both the Blue Dog and the slightly smaller Red Dog represent a couple navigating life on a powerful and colorful stream.
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