|Lighthouse On Truck With Inscription|
|Slice Of Pizza On Metal Panel With Inscription|
|Bum Rogers Insisted On A Female Sook Even Though I Tried To Talk Him Out Of It|
OK, it's not exactly fine art. But I'm showing these in response to Katharine Cartwright's recent post on starving artists. That and the most impressive response by Linda Roth, who essentially spelled out the story of my life. What a fantastic forum. This is one of my career iterations that I did to keep from having to starve, while protecting my fine art from compromise. One gravitates to where one is appreciated in the money for art game. Besides as a process artist, what difference does it make what the product is as long as the process is being experienced? Same materials. Same thoughts. You know, lighthouse with crashing waves, gestural scribbles, portraits, pizza, crabs, whats the big deal?
That pizza was for Larry Farrago, a former creative director at one of the big ad agencies. Quit all the stress and started a pizza business. How he found me I'll never know, although I was not unknown in transportation graphics. Anyway, the piece was done in a Truck equipment firm--about a dozen mechanics, sales staff and office people. As the painting reached it's final stages people started moaning in hunger. Then around lunchtime Larry showed up with a few cartons of pizza and a portable oven, and treated the whole company to all the pizza they could eat, being so happy with the looks of his truck. Art was king that day.
The illustrations were done in OneShot lettering enamel with Naz Dar Screen Printing Varnish as a glaze medium base, drying times being manipulated with other types of varnish. Hand lettering is done with Langnickel quills and OneShot Lettering Enamel. Scale drawings of each truck were approved in advance, with the full sized patterns prepared in this studio.
PS I don't know what the puffy art colleges teach now, but in my day they didn't teach any of this. I agree with Linda, and add they need to be ashamed of themselves for extracting all that money and not teaching people how to get by. That said, my AA laid a firm groundwork in commercial art for which I have always been greatful. Then there's the BS I've discussed in other posts. My Freudian slip is showing. Sorry.