Friday, November 14, 2008

Simon Says

Paul Simon at Barnes & Noble

Went to hear Paul Simon at the Union Square Barne's and Noble last night. It was a standing room only crowd and I spent time craning my neck to get a glimpse of this legendary musician. I attended a bunch of Simon and Garfunkel concerts in my younger years. An interesting hour spent listening to this songwriter speak about his craft and share a few anecdotes on his early days. The hour ended with Simon singing "The Only Living Boy in New York" to rousing applause.

Got me thinking about my early days and I remembered that I had done a painting from the cover of the "Bookends" album when it was released back in 1968. I was a very young artist, just learning my craft, and I remember sitting on the floor in my bedroom with my canvas and paints, trying to copy the portrait on the album cover while listening to the record on my little record player, getting up to turn the disc over and play it again once it had finished. Here is a very, very early painting, that I thought would be fun to share. I realized early on that I was not meant to be a portrait painter and luckily I found my niche painting the urban landscape instead.

Oil on canvas
24 x 18
circa 1968


Abstract said...

i love your work. Very versatile, is that the right word? =)

ABG said...

years ago, on a flight to LA, I used the first class restroom and, while walking back to steerage, passed a man I thought was a friend and so smiled at him quietly. Like you would if passing someone in the office. He smiled back in the same real way. It was Paul Simon, poet of my island-bound soul.
i'm smiling still.