Monday, August 27, 2007

in his head



My grandfather was a skillful, gifted artist. He earned his living by ... painting signs: notary signs, hot wings and pizza signs, insurance signs, discount signs, and even did murals. He worked in the garage then attempted to start his own business in a rented space. He did well for a year until drinking took the best of his profit. His passion however: the ladies in his head. He didn't use a model or set up apples, cups, books, or vases with flowers--life is really never still, right? He rarely looked-then painted. Instead, he would steal away with a pint of Jack Daniels and cigarettes and would then sketch and water color. Daddy Billy gave women a different meaning in his work. Each one tells a different story, a different theme; they all have a different object or "apparel" that names them. Painted in the late 80s,here, these two ladies each have a completely different lifestyle---the same motif, and what a story! More to come....

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