Some eyebrows were raised yesterday when Gov. Tim Pawlenty selected an artist in Georgia (Georgia has 15 electoral votes. Minnesota has 10. Make of that what you will) to paint his official portrait to hang in the hallway of the Capitol. Isn’t there a Minnesotan who knows how to paint a decent portrait?
Let’s find out.
On Twitter today, I asked people with the ability to sketch to provide their version of an official portrait of the governor. Normally, I don’t get a lot of response to these sorts of things. I think News Cut caters to the stick figure drawers in all of us.
But Judy Grundstrom sent along her idea, which is a version of the cover art of the governor’s soon-to-be-released book.
Normally, the official gubernatorial portrait doesn’t cause much of a stir, but it’s not unheard of. Gov. Arne Carlson caused some jaws to drop when he went with this:
Gov. Jesse Ventura toned it down a bit, but still departed from the usual gubernatorial portraits.
On her blog, State of the Arts, MPR’s Marianne Combs points out that Ventura, too, went beyond the great state of Minnesota to find an artist.
Now, as Marianne indicated yesterday, Pawlenty’s artist — Ross R. Rossin — has some experience in this field. The challenge for him may be whether he can make Tim Pawlenty look as much like Bill Maher as he made President George W. Bush look.