This morning I read that Chuck Barris passed away. (I was wondering if it is possible that he timed his “gong from life’s stage” immediately after the very recent passing of music legend, Chuck Berry, just to create a little amusing confusion in this week’s conversations.) His kooky game shows are forever engrained in memories of my youth.
So, in honor of Mr. Barris, I decided to share some photos of the destruction and transformation of a painting where his contributions to my childhood shaped my decisions at the easel. I present to you, The Unknown Artist (A Self Portrait) – Unfinished & Abandoned. A cautionary tale of working on a painting while upset, and about knowing when to step away.
This painting began as a (more conventional) self portrait – the block-in started out alright.
Now, if only I could hit the gong and have someone pulled off the world’s stage – sent packing with the “Worst Act” award…
The take-away here is two-fold: 1.) By all means paint when you are very upset – just not on an ongoing painting for which you have a plan. – and – 2.) Set your destruction aside for a few months and look at it with fresh eyes and a fresh mind. You might have the beginnings of something, completely unintentional, that makes you smile.
Also, goodbye Chuck Barris. Thank you for adding to the strangeness of my childhood.
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