I don’t like making still-lifes, which is why I haven’t done a single one since I left school. Drawing and painting people was always what I cared about. But I am perfectly capable of doing still-life pictures, as long as I can have a little fun. Like the still life with raygun and Gumby above, probably from 1990 or 1991, when I was at MCAD. Charcoal on paper.
1985-ish, still life with raygun.
Plus a coffee cup and a pitcher stacked on top of something to make more shapes and values! Ink, probably a Pilot fine-point, on paper.
This is also from before I got sober, at Parsons in 1987.
It’s a picture of my cigarettes and my old glass heroin smoking pipe ( I had “graduated” to snorting). I was always crying out for help, really. Fine-point pen on paper.
It was painted in the bathroom of the Chelsea apartment I grew up in. My mom always made sure there were vegetables in the house; I cooked sporadically, having taught myself as a teenage vegetarian.
That was a song, if you remember. My beer can and cigarette still-life, probably 1988.
And here is a still life with a normal duck.
Color study of a shoe!
From the painting class I took through MCAD in Fall 1989, I think. Acrylic on paper.
It was quite a dark bathroom! Pencil on paper.
Graphite on paper, August 8 1990. The writing says, “Pretty fruitless but I still want that erase button for my life”.
I don’t know for sure when I did the watermelon sunglasses pictures.
Seriously, if you had had to make fifteen drawings of a cut watermelon and a pair of black plastic sunglasses, using only ink, water, and salt, would you have stored it in your memories?
Most of these paintings and drawings had never been photographed; until now, no record of them existed – if we had a fire or flood they would just be gone forever.
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