As I'm preparing for the San Diego Festival of Art
this weekend it reminded me of the interesting people that prove the saying "Never a dull moment."
I was showing work at an art festival in Laguna, and an attractive group of ladies, walked into my booth and exclaimed "Wow, you're the Jimmy Buffet of painting!"
one of the coolest houses near the la playa trail in point loma, an italian style villa literally right on the water
i like trying to emulate the glassy quality of ocean waves, especially when they have specular highlights
overcast mornings have their own subtle color notes and elegant grays
If you don't know my work, I paint California beach scenes and surf culture. This comment made me laugh at the time and I've never forgotten it. It was her absolute first impression of what I do. Now I like Jimmy B., especially his business sense. He's an author, father, pilot and (now) a playwright and seems to live the good life. His play "Margaritaville" is even premiering here in San Diego right now.
But as time goes by, I've thought about that comment and the stereotypes we create about ourselves and others. I know I can't change that lady's first impression of my work, but in a way, I think my work could have a broader context because I like to paint a lot of different subjects. Chefs, kids, night scenes, urban landscapes -- they're all compelling to me. So the songwriters I'd rather be compared to are people who's songs have more meaning to me. Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Jackson Browne and Joni Mitchell are people who continually inspire me and are the people I never tire of listening to when I paint. "Like a Rolling Stone", "Imagine" , "The Pretender" and "Court and Spark" are a better example of what keeps me painting. As Edward Hopper said "If I could say it with words I wouldn't need to paint."
Come enjoy the SD Festival of Art this weekend, June 10-11 at the Embarcadero along Harbor Drive. The event proceeds benefit San Diego's disabled community. Tickets are 50% off if you go online this week and enter the promo code "ARTIST"