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in the picture above you see about the second week's view of a work finished in 2020 which is home page image I selected for this website. The initial idea was spurred on by the cover of an old life magazine. The woman photographed from the back with her hands on her hips and the 70's floral dress spoke to me. I was in a time when porn was central to my thinking (and so my artwork). I immediately imagined her pissed off at Mick over his porn usage. I then needed to consider what Mick's reaction would be to her anger- (how would he stand? what would he be wearing?) I also had to consider her entire emotional state which would not just be anger but also sorrow and maybe remorse.  The element of her sorrow was resolved when I devised a painting of the girl yearning for pancakes.  But after that was resolved- how would Mick's girl know he was looking at porn again- and how would the viewer know that she knew? I first placed a table set for two in the living room (which you can see in this image). I devised a blow up doll  to represents Mick's porn addiction- and hid the doll behind a small couch. That way the doll was out of view of the girl- but easily discovered by the viewer. I had some trouble figuring out how large the couch should be and what style and color- and ultimately created a massive green chair for the space. see a picture of the chair in the image below. So many elements go in to a good composition for it to tell the right story. I'd discovered the love love painting in a book of old home design and it fit with the era and my theme perfectly.  But the wall behind Mick was blank then and I decided maybe this young couple was pretty well off financially (after-all Mick was in the picture).... So I decided I wanted a Lictenstein painting and you can see that at this stage in the painting I'd painted it in on the right side of the wall... but then had to consider copyright issues (as I always do). So I created my own Lictenstein-esque girl. here she is directly below. then please scroll down for more information on how I get ideas...

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1 a faux lictenstein face.jpg

so...as I said- I often I begin by looking at images (like the one of the hippie bus that was sent to me by a fellow artist many years back). see image directly below- This hippie bus ended up in a couple pieces- the latest one being one with Janis Joplin that I am still working on (see the next picture as you scroll down please). The images either speak to me or they don't- when I land on one that has potential I combine it with other images and ideas  them in unusual ways. The images and ideas get edited and changed a lot as I think through what I am feeling inspired to 'say' visually. Eventually a composition emerges which lines up with the initial inspiration. The initial motive for making a piece often involves an intense desire to express something about my life that I am working through.  If the desire to 'get the idea out" is not strong enough- the piece of art never truly evolves and is 'stillborn' or simply not a very good piece of work. There is often this autobiographic element of my work - (with the rock and roll icons as my doppelgangers).

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