Thursday, February 2, 2017

Yes, I'm still alive...

Work on yet another impossibly adventurous painting has begun. Again, of Mulligan's Hill. As I work, and listen to music to block out other distractions, my mind drifts around.

For some reason I am remembering when one of my ink drawings appeared in the window of an antique shop sometime in the '80's with a sign that read "1950's Artist". No, try "Drawing from 1974", as everything done by me in the 1950's included crayons. The shop was the now closed "Rebel Trading Post"

Another time I remember being in another shop where I showed my work sometime in the '70's and while I was there overheard a conversation between two women who were observing my work ... Wiley Purkey? Didn't he just die? That shop was the also now closed "The Owl and the Pussycat".

My most recent event was after a meeting with a friend, during which se were discussing the possibility of attempting to paint my memories of "Bob's Five and Dime" and "Eddie's Lunchonette", both in Historic Ellicott City. We went to the Howard County Historical Society Library in pursuit of some old photos to help jog my memory of those two shops. Their photo database was down, so we left emails so they could send any images they found. Days later, I received an email showing what they had found on Google, which they sent along with the message "We didn't find any images of those two places, but this artist appears to have painted both". Sure enough, it was a link to an article about me.

I feel like I'm caught in a, endless loop of my own making.

Anyway, still alive, still painting...

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