This is the first in a triptych of self-portraits, which I have loosely titled "Conversations with Goya":
Graphite on paper, 18 x 17 inches
I will reserve the artist statement about the triptych until all three self-portraits are finished, and I am not sure that "Conversations with Goya" will be the final title, but it will work for now, and, in truth, Goya is my current muse.
Total ephemera for my music-loving friends: I wanted to share this in case you have not heard theOne Fast Move or I'm Gone: Music From Kerouac's Big Sur soundtrack by Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard. I do not know a lot about the film, except that it relates to Kerouac's cabin and the writing of the novel Big Sur, and Patti Smith is involved (must be good). It has been a while since I heard the details on WNYC's Soundcheck in October and only now have I gotten my little mits on the cd...
Lets just say that Gibbard provides the bennies for Farrar's downers (in Kerouac language...). To tell the truth, I am not a fan of Kerouac - the writing is too brusque (I like lush and poetic), and I have never cared for self-destructive behavior (in writers or artists), but Farrar has integrated words straight from Kerouac text and molded them into songs...add some rhyming and an ethereal pedal steel and yes, I am in.
I cannot hear the song Willamine enough - strange, beautiful, elusive...I posted a live performance below (love the you tube!). I really wish that I had seen these guys when they played together in NYC: