Caption/Title Contest: Thematic Apperception Test

Write a new title or short caption (one to several sentences) about what you think this painting and drawing are about and the best entry will win the watercolor preliminary study.

Contest closes Monday July 4th

Untitled oil on masonite with pages from a book and pages from a comic book.  11"x14"

Untitled watercolor and wash drawing on watercolor paper  approximately 10"x14"

This is based on the The Thematic Apperception Test, or TAT, is a projective measure intended to evaluate a person's patterns of thought, attitudes, observational capacity, and emotional responses to ambiguous test materials. In the case of the TAT, the ambiguous materials consist of a set of cards that portray human figures in a variety of settings and situations. The subject is asked to tell the examiner a story about each card that includes the following elements: the event shown in the picture; what has led up to it; what the characters in the picture are feeling and thinking; and the outcome of the event. 

So watch out what you write or maybe someone will think you're nuts!

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  1. "...A Lifetime on the Hips"

  2. I originally sent two submissions back-to-back, but I noticed that the first one never appeared here. Here it is again:

    "A Moment on the Lips..."

  3. "Tammy Sue taught me the trick...that was a year ago."

  4. The Trick

    Tammy Sue taught me the trick when she was visiting with Aunt Betsy last summer. I didn't believe her until she showed me. She is older than me and has many boy friends, she says.

    Poppa tells me I have legs like my grandma. I wish they were more like Aunt Betsy's. I wish they were like any one's; like someone famous or some famous person's wife. Just not like grandma's. I hate them.

    And everyone is bigger than me. I tissue them sometimes, hoping Bobby will notice. He almost talked to me once, but was called away by his mean friends. I don't even look at them, so I don't know why they even bother being mean. But they always do.

    Bobby and I are going to get married and have a great big family. We're gonna have dogs, and chickens, and a big farm. Once, I did the trick too hard and a little blood came out. All of the other times it's worked though. No one even knows.

    My hair is short, so I don't have to worry about that. Tammy Sue told me to keep it short, so I do because that's a good idea. I did almost get caught that one time. My shirt was pulled down, so that it didn't get messy, and my brother walked in. I told him I thought I had a rash and was checking. He believed it, but didn't come near me for a week.

    My legs still look like grandma's, but they are getting better, I think. Tammy Sue says she's been in love a bunch of times. My dad says they're buds, but one day, those will look like grandma's too.

  5. "The Line Between the Past and the Present"

  6. The winner is Michael Gray for his title and his very short story/caption. I'll be sending it off soon! Michael please e-mail me you address (I know you've moved.)