Friday, June 27, 2008
A Stranger Walks In
No, not a title of a 40's film noir flick but an event that occurred at my studio today. A 60 year old gentleman with a pony tail, casual shirt, and shorts walks into my studio and introduces himself. He is in Sacramento for a few days from the Los Angeles area where he works (currently capping off his career with the Mars Rover project) and lives. He is cleaning out his parent's (both deceased as of 2007 and '08) house just around the corner from my studio. I guess he had peeked into my studio window at some point, because he came in carrying watercolor supplies and paint brushes. He was going to throw them away but thought that maybe I would want them. His name is Richard, and his father, Jack,( who died in 2007) was an amateur artist. Jack had lived to the age of 91 and was a retired warehouse man. Earlier in his life, however, he was interested in commercial art. I show you here some examples of Jack's efforts that Richard was so kind in showing me. And of course me being me, I took great interest in his father's Orange Flavored Metamucil Grit-free Sunrise Smooth brush holder! Enjoy!
PS: By the by, Richard told me he is a Vietnam vet, and though that was a very divisive war for my generation, I'd like to thank Richard for his service to our country!