I tried to make notes about this painting while I made it! I hate the idea of people talking about what they think I might have been trying to say and convey...after I am dead. As an art student, I hate reading that rubbish.I would rather while I am alive, to go on record as to what is behind my paintings. I have composed a sort of outline about this painting Syd's World. Title...Syd's World...like Christina's World.
Syd as a point of interest in the foreground...lounging around..but lots going on in the background. So then, Syd's World became Van Goghs yellow bedroom combined with Christina's World.
Then places where I lived along the way...
Then there is my guitar and Syd which had to be in the painting because the buyer requested these two things.
I had already put Syd and my guitar in the original sketch. So I bypassed those two subjects and went to Josef Albers I got 20,000 hits a few days ago when writing about this painting. But I would be remiss if I didn't mention that I really hate the dark side...ritualistic abuse....Halloween.....all those Satanic things. I hate them. I have to stand in front of my canvas's and try very hard to not hate...just promote beautiful things....just to counteract the dark side. I would always want people to know that about my art,.
I still use this text book today (21st Century), and I have had this book since 1979. Can;t wait to see the I pod version. Honoring my education, my teachers, and experience doing the exercises. Albers believed that the experience of art (process) was equally important to the product (outcome).
Yesterday, I made a paper easel for Syd's World. After working on this painting for almost a year, I wanted to somehow see his little cat face. Adding the easel gives me an opportunity to show a front view of Syd, and still keep his classic window pose. Constructing a paper easel protected everything already painted behind it and help test composition. I wanted to make sure I was not painting over something crucial to the information in the painting. I was able to move it around until I found the perfect spot.
There was left over black paint yesterday, from the acrylic painting Syd's World. It occurred to me that I needed to clean up the Hopewell design on my drum head, as I am going to try to sell it this winter. Occasionally, I get a request to design and paint a drum head for someone, so I am always kicking around ideas for designs in the round, as most drum heads are round. I am getting a late start today, as I worked from sun up, till after sun down yesterday. The light in my work area is poor, so I have to take advantage of sunlight. I expect to finish both the painting plus both sides of the drum by this coming Saturday.
Syd's World is almost finished. I have a couple surprises up my sleeve, so stay tuned.
This morning has been productive. I stripped the garden of cherry tomatoes in anticipation of possible frost. Next, I worked on my painting Syd's World. While the paint was drying, I soldered a little silver ring to go around my newest arrow point. These are two artifacts from Licking County. The white one is from Cornell Steps near Black Hand Gorge near Tobosso (Old Hanover), and the black point is from a field near 586 and Perryton near Frazeysburg Rd. The Tobosso arrow head is wire wrapped with 18 gauge copper wire and beaded with buffalo bone, and the thhe Perryton arrow head is wire wrapped with 18 gauge sterling silver wire with a sterling silver snake chain. I am not willing to part with these, but am perfectly willing to wire wrap arrow points for other collectors for a minimal charge.
Gotta love these girls! I always put Melanie as someone I should emulate. I was not a Buddhist, or a Christian, but her words and chords resonated in me. They still do. I still wish I could find a good book to live in....and I still have those feelings. I know she was talking about me when she wrote.everything after that. I am guilty. I confess. I repent. Will it stop endless war? Will it stop my sister from continuing to be a meth head? Will we stop hurting each other? Probably not. I will still sing her (Melanie's) songs at the top of my lungs in anticipation of all these things. They are lieing to us about everything in terms of war. How do I know that? I do not watch TV, I do not buy a newspaper. I do not buy into this bullshit propaganda that my friends and colleagues buy into as they watch TV every night, and are always on their phone looking at something....more important than what we are experiencing live....like a bee hive, or butterfly's or even a mugging on my street Honest to God people are not paying much attention... Anyway....I love to hear someone paying attention and singing back to someone like Melanie.
I don't know who that other woman is. She is good though Let me know, she has a great voice.
It is getting harder and harder to visit my favorite tree in Newark because of all the "construction". I may have to use this tree in one of my paintings while it is still here. I have watched 5 of these great giants being targeted and cut down in my short time here (2012-Now). It saddens me. Somehow, I am reminded that my Grandmother was also targeted, and her life shortened. It is a quiet killing.