Friday, September 7, 2012


It all started with a fresh white sheet of Rives BFK.
I used a rag, a big brush and my elbow
to spread color everywhere.
Looked at it for a while from every direction.
Kept looking.
Eventually, an image appeared.
Once it did, I knew it was there for good. 

I did an idle sketch of what I saw.

Then I drew it on the BFK.

I liked everything about it,
 except, egads! 
This guy has a head like a lollipop!
And just look at that poor dog... 
no doubt checking for exits.

Me, too.

The guy in the sketch is moderately funny-looking,
in a goofy character-y kind-of-way,
but that fathead in the painting is a total sucker.

So far, I think there might be enough to this painting
to make it worth saving.
 But the outline was a mistake;
I should've worked with masses.

I sometimes wish there were such a thing as
 someone who'd swoop in with
  some good advice, maybe a nice glass of wine
and another fresh sheet of Rives.
Put me and The Sucker out of our misery.
The dog can stay.

Wish, wish, wish.


Kevin Mizner said...

I, for one, like what you've started here. I can also commiserate with your painter's block. 16, 17 years ago, I had a two year stretch where I didn't paint a thing! Two years! I wanted to paint, but everytime I sat down to start something, all ideas vanished. Then one day I picked up an old painting and put about three brush strokes on it, and BOOM! I haven't stopped since. The well isn't dry, it's replenishing! BTW, that dog isn't biting anything, is he?....

SamArtDog said...

Not even a lollipop.

hw (hallie) farber said...

So....make the guy's head a lollipop and let everyone at the museum wonder what you were thinking.

Wherever you are these day, I think I'm in the same place--art is not as natural as breathing these days.

I'm glad Kevin asked my burning question.

Celeste Bergin said...

well, I like this..I get the feeling the guy works as a butcher and the dog gets tasty morsels from time to time. I hope you go further with it. It has fantastic potential IMHO!

SamArtDog said...

Hey, Hallie, maybe there's a docent at the museum who can clear it all up for me!

SamArtDog said...

Celeste, I thought I spotted a butcher, too. But I hesitated to put "tasty morsels" in his hand, for fear of the "ew!" factor.