Friday, February 6, 2009
The Cherry Picker:
I did many versions of this theme in the 80s. Most of them were small watercolors, modeled after Persian miniatures, but eventually I worked my way up to a medium-sized oil painting. As sometimes happens, the drawing, made as a plan, turned out a little better than the painting.
After being an oil painting the image became a song in "Love & Time" ~ "Monday, Tuesday, and Wed. Too" - and that a reference to a traditional Irish story concerning the Sidhe, or otherworld people.
My dear friend Doug, one of the most beautiful men I've ever known, helped as a model for this drawing, but only for the foreshortening of the body. He was a construction worker then, and too antsy to sit still for long. I used my own feet, and the face is made up.