Paul Gauguin (Tahiti): Painting Parodies

Paul Gauguin's "Woman with a Flower" was painted in 1891.
Paul Gauguin's "Woman with a Flower" was painted in 1891. | Source
HubPages author Julie Hogg is the model for Daisy Mariposa's parody.
HubPages author Julie Hogg is the model for Daisy Mariposa's parody. | Source

How to Create a Painting Parody

Ever since I published my first painting parody Hub, readers have been asking me how I created the parodies. Without providing detailed instructions, here’s what I did.

  • Opened up an image of a painting in Adobe Photoshop, a software tool used for digital image creation.
  • Used the eraser tool to erase the facial features of one of the characters in the painting.
  • Opened up a file containing a head shot of one of my fellow HubPages writers.
  • Sized the image so that it would be close in shape to that of the erased area.
  • Dragged a copy of the resized photo of the writer onto the image of the painting.
  • Changed the order of the layers and placed the writer’s photo underneath the painting with the facial features erased.
  • The face of the HubPages author then appeared in the opening I had created.

Parodies of Paul Gauguin’s Tahiti Paintings

My newest parodies are of paintings from Paul Gauguin’s Tahiti period. Gauguin lived in Tahiti in French Polynesia for four years within the 10-year period from 1891 to 1901.

I spent a month in Tahiti several years ago, and I visited the Gauguin Museum in Papeete. What surprised me the most about the museum is that all of the Paul Gauguin paintings hanging there are reproductions.

Paul Gauguin's "Woman with a Flower" was painted in 1891. The model for the parody is HubPages author Julie Hogg (jools99).

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Paul Gauguin’s Timeline

Paul Gauguin was born in Paris, France on June 7, 1848 to a French father and a half-Peruvian mother. He died of syphillis on May 8, 1903 in Atuona, Hiva ‘Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. The following chart contains a summary of the major events in Gauguin’s life.

Date
Event
1848
Paul Gauguin was born in Paris, France.
1849
Gauguin's family sails for Lima, Peru. His father dies on the voyage.
1855
Gauguin's family returns to France.
1865
Gauguin joins the merchant navy.
1868 - 1871
Gauguin serves in the French navy.
1871
Gustave Arosa found work for Gauguin with a Parisian banker.
1873 (summer)
Arosa's painter daughter Marguerite gives painting lessons to Gauguin.
1873 (November)
Gauguin marries Mette Sophie Gad, a Danish woman.
1879 - 1882
Gauguin exhibits his paintings with other Impressionist artists.
1883
Gauguin gives up his banker job to devote himself to painting.
1884
Gauguin moves with his family to Rouen, France.
1885 (early)
Gauguin moves with his wife and family to Copenhagen, Denmark.
1885 (June)
Gauguin moves to Paris with one of his sons.
1886
Gauguin puts his son in a boarding school, and exhibits his paintings with other Impressionists.
1887
Wanting to live like a vagabond, Gauguin sailed to Panama. He became ill in Martinique, and worked his passage back to Marseilles, France,
1891
Gauguin has a relationship with a woman who bears him a daughter.
1891 (March)
Gauguin travels to Copenhagen to say goodbye to hia family.
1891 (April)
Gauguin departs for Tahiti. He arrives in May.
1891 (August)
Coughing up blood, Gauguin was hospitalized.
1892
Gauguin began compiling a book about Tahitian folklore. He also began lving with a 13-year-old girl.
1893 (August)
Gauguin returned to France and began writing an idealized account about primitive life in Tahiti. He lived with a woman from Java. (Gauguin's and most of his legitimate children were still living in Copenhagen.)
1895
Suffering from syphillis, Gauguin returned to Tahiti. A 14-year-old girl began living with him.
1897
Ill and depressed, Gauguin contemplates suicide.
1898 (January)
Gauguin takes arsenic, but fails to kill himself.
1901
Gauguin moves to the Marquesas Islands, 750 miles from Tahiti. A 14-year-old girl moves in with him.
1902
Gauguin incites the local population against the colonial government.
1903
Accused by authorities of libel and stirring up anarchy, Gauguin is sentenced to three months in prison.
1903 (May)
Gauguin dies of syphillis at the age of 55 before his prison sentence can be carried out. He is buried in the Marquesas Islands.

Tahitian Women on the Beach (Femmes de Tahiti, ou Sur la plage)

Paul Gauguin painted Tahitian Women on the Beach in 1891. The model for the parody is Hub Pages author Dana Strang (danateresa).

Paul Gauguin's "Tahitian Women on the Beach" (Femmes de Tahiti, ou Sur la plage) was painted in 1891.
Paul Gauguin's "Tahitian Women on the Beach" (Femmes de Tahiti, ou Sur la plage) was painted in 1891. | Source
Daisy Mariposa's "Dana Strang on the Beach in Tahiti."
Daisy Mariposa's "Dana Strang on the Beach in Tahiti." | Source

Not to Work (Eiaha ohipa)

Paul Gauguin painted "Not to Work" in 1896. The model for the parody is HubPages author Art Marvin (rasta1).

Paul Gaugin's "Not to Work" was painted in 1896.
Paul Gaugin's "Not to Work" was painted in 1896. | Source
The model for Daisy Mariposa's parody is HubPages author Art Marvin.
The model for Daisy Mariposa's parody is HubPages author Art Marvin. | Source

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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Thank you for such an interesting read and sharing your muilti-talented skills.

Have a great rest of the week and a lovely weekend.

Thanks,

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I was so looking forward to this hub! Outstanding!! Awesome photos of Art, Dana and Julie!!:)


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

This hub points to amazement of simplicity. Sharing not only the how with step1, step2 and step3, yet thousands upon thousands of words flood the mind and heart. Like seeds of dandelions floating listlessly in wind through dusk's rays of hope, the readers is treated to mystery, intrigue and a bit of laughter. Well Done, Daisy. One sees better like an image of the MRI machine you describe in another.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Bobbi,

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I'm glad you liked the parodies I created of some of my HubPages friends.

This is the fourth painting parody Hub I've written. Have you seen any of the others?


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I vote up and awesome. I like that I didn't know which hubber was going to be featured!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Linda (Sunshine),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting. I appreciate your continued support.

I have't heard from Dana, Julie, or Art yet. I hope they're still speaking with me after they see the Hub.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Tim,

It's nice to "see" you again. I'm glad you enjoyed reading my article.

Have you seen the other three painting parody Hubs I've created?


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Christy,

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. I like to keep the names of my models a surprise to the very end. It's more fun that no one knows until my Hub is published.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Daisy, once again you have outdone yourself. Great review of Gauguin, but the parody paintings are too funny! VUM.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'm sure they will be around soon. Work and sleep tend to get in the way of hubbing :)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Terrye (TToombs08),

Creating my parody Hubs is so much fun, I've already started on another one. I like the parody I created of Vinaya and you so much, I used it in a second Hub (this one).


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

I look 'FANTASTIC! First time I've worn a dress since 1984! Hee Hee! Really enjoyed this hub Daisy, another cracking parody.

Who else will enter your studio I wonder???????

Voted up and shared!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Julie,

Thanks so much for reading my Hub and commenting. Thanks, too, for serving as one of my models.

You've been such a fan of my painting parody Hubs, I simply had to include you in one of my creations.

I'm already working on another parody Hub. This one involves a Jan van Eyck painting.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

The one with the reflection of him in the mirror? I love your parodies, I now anticipate your next subject. Looking forward to you maybe doing the Pre-Rafaelites, you will have to pick some enigmatic looking hubbers :o)


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica

Miss Daisy, that's exactly how I sit. that's exactly how I hold my hands. It is a nice expression with many emotions.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Julie,

If you're referring to the Arnolfini portrait, yes...that's the one.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Art (rasta1),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting. I had an intuitive type of feeling, my friend, that I had to use your image in my parody.

Thanks for being another of my models. I appreciate it.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Daisy....you are just having a ball with the photo-shop option...and I must admit, I'm having fun reading your hubs and seeing who's showing up next in the paintings!!

Great hub....educatio9nal...as always.. UP+++


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Paula (fpherj48),

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate it.

I'm already working on another parody. This one will feature a Jan van Eyck portrait.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

These are so fun Daisy! I really like the chart with the data neatly in one place for Gauguin’s life. Cool series!

HubHugs~


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Great info on Paul Gauguin - someone take the photoshop offa this woman before the entire art collection gets parodied. lol. Well done i learnt a lot about Gauguin's life here and example of his works.


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DanaTeresa 4 years ago from Ohio

This is great. A little bit of art history (great artist) with a little bit of fun! My kind of style.... Now that you have shared your photoshop secrets, I predict a rash of "new art" springing up....

Thanks for the photo-op. Always wanted to go to Tahiti! :)


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

lol! I love all these ideas, I really must try it with photos of my family, great fun!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

India (K9keystrokes),

Thanks for reading and commenting in another of my Hubs. I appreciate your continued support.

There are so many things about Gauguin's personal life that I disagree with, the only way I could manage to present the information was in a timeline type of chart without editorial comment.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mohan (Docmo),

Thanks for reading my article... and commenting, I think.

You do realize that my publishing all of the recent painting parody Hubs is all your fault, don't you?

If you hadn't created the parody "Daisy Mariposa with a Pearl Earring" for me, based upon the Vermeer painting, I wouldn't have published a Hub in order to showcase your parody.

If I hadn't published "What is a Parody?," I wouldn't have published my other parody Hubs.

Thanks, once again, for "Daisy Mariposa with a Pearl Earring." It was a wonderful surprise.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dana (DanaTeresa),

Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. Thanks, too, for being one of my models.

The information I provided about how I created the parodies is something that anyone who uses Adobe Photoshop would know how to do. It's very basic.

I've traveled to more than 30 countries, island nations, and island dependencies. I spent a month in Tahiti several years ago. It's tied for the least favorite place I've ever visited.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Nell,

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. I'm glad you enjoyed my article and the parodies.

If you create any parodies using family photographs, please post another comment and let us know how they turned out.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

These parodies are really a great idea. In addition to your 'photo-shopped photos' I like the information you provide about the painter. Interesting stuff about Gauguin. Of course its always nice to see the lighter side of fellow hubbers ;)

Voted up and interesting.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary,

Thanks for reading my Hub and commenting in it. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I had to put the information about Gauguin in a table. It was the only way I could present the information without discussing it. Paul Gauguin was not a very nice person.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Your parodies are always an enjoyable read. Thanks for sharing how to use adobe to make these self-portraits work. You have a good sense of humor!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Dianna,

Thanks for reading another of my Hubs and commenting. I appreciate your continued supprt. I published my fifth parody Hub a short while ago. It's about gypsies.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

I loved it and what a fun hub!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

SweetiePie,

It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

You are such a talented person in many ways: great writer, of course, but talented with Photoshop, too. I'm not smart enough to figure it out (or I just won't take the time to learn).

Interesting Hub, I voted UP, etc.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California) Author

Mary (mary615),

Thanks for reading my article, viewing the images, and commenting. Thanks, too, for your very kind words.

I've been using Photoshop for more than 15 years. It isn't an easy software tool to learn how to use. I'm still learning new things in the current version.

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