|Old Man Having A Round Thought, 12 X 16, Oil on paper, buy a print.|
In case you haven't guessed by now, one of the things that has kept me jumping all these years has been the exploration of approach to artmaking. I try everything, and I love it all. This is such a crazy example, that I couldn't resist hanging it out there in the public square.
I'd been diligently collecting the camera screw-ups--you know the butt ends of the film--the out of focus, the ones where the flash didn't work, the strange stuff you can't even recognize--the stuff a normal person would chuck. In terms of abstraction many of these were quite inspirational little jewels. The composition and the colors were intriguing on this particular slide.
The above is the painting I painted --you can tell by where I signed it in the traditional lower right. See the old man in the hat? Perhaps having a big round thought? White collar sticking up like a Dickens character? That's what I kept seeing. So that 's what came out. Never quite liked the painting--too silly--threw it in the drawer. Stupid idea. Humph.
Several years later as I cleaned out the drawer, and leaned it against the wall on its side. One day I glanced at it and saw part of my friend Ken Miller. Hey--that's Ken's chin--and there's his shoulder. That's definitely him watching me load the camera--there in his old blue shirt with the collar, half grin, beard and stash. Damn good likeness too.
Found the original slide. Yup that's him all right. Laughed my ass off.