Over the weekend I reworked an old figure drawing from 2007. It’s originally a 20 minute sketch from my sketch group. I added the background in an effort to make it a little more interesting.
One of the guys from the sketch group, David Bernard, recently passed. I will remember sketching beside him. I don’t have any of his drawings to show but I do have a photo of a drawing he liked of mine. He came to my Open Studio and wanted the drawing – I gave him a low price because he was a fellow artist. He said give me a real price and overpaid me for it. I enjoyed talking with him and hearing his stories. He will be missed. It’s funny but I’ve been remembering him, things I have forgotten like this drawing…
So I was not really coping today and locked myself in my room to draw. This is me being me. I wanted it to look like he was carved out of lines. Anyway it turned out so I put it on http://www.society6.com/azurecricket where you can get it on various items. My personal favorite is the shower curtain.
An exhibit celebrating LGBTQ ancestors THEN with the vital queer art of NOW. This show features the work of Queer artists from the Bay Area and beyond who are defining and depicting our world through a non-conformist Queer lens. It is a marker of our creative and social practices across time.
Los Medanos College Art Gallery, 2700 East Leland Rd., Pittsburg, CA 94565 • Curated by Seth Eisen eyezen.org
I chose to do a piece for this show about the Tay Bush Raid of 1961. From an article in SF Gate by Gary Kamiya: “The Tay-Bush was a one-room cafe that drew night owls who danced to its jukebox until dawn. Some walked up the hill from the theater district after the shows let out. At 3:15 that September morning, three undercover police officers in the bar gave a prearranged signal, the jukebox went silent, a loudspeaker outside blared and uniformed cops barged in. They began herding the patrons onto the sidewalk and arresting them. … Just as important, the raid helped to create a political consciousness in the gay community. Groundbreaking gay advocacy groups such as the Mattachine Society seized on the incident to push for civil rights. … The 1961 raid marked the moment when questioning official harassment of gays became an acceptable mainstream position – which, in turn, led to the end of that harassment. The little Tay-Bush Inn is long gone, but somewhere its jukebox is still playing.”
On a day where reality was failing me, I had to give up on a realistic painting I was doing because it was just bad. I painted it out and started something new. Then I had to go to my sketch group and try to draw. I just thought fuck it – I’m going to do this low budget old school with a sketchbook and a ball point pen and see what happens. None of these faces look like the model exactly-they just came out this way. This is it…