Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. (Click this link to purchase this book)
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the book, it’s about two gangs, the Socs and the Greasers, the West vs the East. The story line focuses on Ponyboy, the youngest brother, and he learns that people might live different lives but at the end of the day they are the same.
I have many works that have been inspired by both this book and Robert Frosts poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”. This poem states that nothing can stay gold, nothing can hold on to its youth. Eventually, everyone grows up.
Here are the works that I have done inspired by this book.
In the book, watching sunsets are one of Ponyboy’s favorite things to do. Here is a quote from the book. “Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.” Sunsets also play a role when Johnny Cade tells Ponyboy to stay gold, meaning to hold on to his youth and innocence. The first one is an abstraction of a dream catcher and a sunset. Then next is a photo of a sunset that I took with some digital effects. The last one is a wolf silhouette and a sunset, with a saying “Nature reminds us to be ourselves. Stay Gold” This is a book is a great read and a great inspiration. Thank you, S.E. Hinton, for the inspiration for these artworks.
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