To All the Ships at Sea –
As a young man, I really liked to sketch and paint. Remember John Gnagy – If you can draw a straight line you can paint – NOT! MY painting skills or lack of, always bothered me. When I showed my portfolio to master artist Will Barnet, he looked closely and slowly and at the end he said, “Joe you’re not a photographer, you’re a painter.” I think I will remember what he said on my deathbed.
While visiting and working on my film on artist Dennis Wheeler (a work in progress), in a very positive way, Dennis tore some of my work apart and showed me how to fix it. Talk about an epiphany! That’s why he’s is in the permanent collection of MOMA! Maybe I will look back on the Covid-19 Virus as the excuse I needed to get back into painting. I’m always looking for the bright side. On another note, Dick Blick has been out of acrylic paint for the last 3 months and it seems like I’m not the only one, with this idea.
Jean-Michel Basquiat (not one of my favorite artists) just sold a painting for 110 million dollars which was the highest ever paid for an American artist. Hell, he couldn’t draw a straight line! Unfortunately, he also couldn’t cash the check because he died from a drug overdose at age 27.