There's been no shortage of takeoffs on Sarah Palinlately, from television skits to action figures, but Bruce Elliott hasgone one step further than most. He's taken off her clothes.
Elliott, whose wife, Tobin Mitchen, owns the Old TownAle House on Chicago's North Side, painted a nude portrait of theRepublican vice presidential nominee and hung it above the bar, whereit's now a prime attraction among his display of more than 200celebrity portraits and other racy art.
Palin became Elliott's muse after he saw her on TV.
"I've been following her religiously," he said Monday at the bar. "Ihad never heard of her before, like everyone else. I find her bizarrelyfascinating, even though I pretty much despise everything she standsfor."
Despite their political differences, Elliott admits to a bit of a crush on the Alaskagovernor. He began painting her smile and trademark glasses, he said,before filling in the details: a gun, red high heels, polar bear rug,rugged Alaska landscape and a scared moose. His daughter, who looks alittle like Palin and does a great impression of her, served as modelfor the governor's body.
Since Elliott, 68, hung the portrait Thursday, it's been a steady draw at the dive bar, which is a popular spot for Second City comedians to grab beers and play pinball after shows. But after the image hit the Internet on Monday, interest exploded.
"We got a bunch of people in tonight," Elliott said. "They're coming totake pictures with their camera phones. The photo is all over theplace."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times