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It’S eCLECTIC!

Can’t get rid of this damn chair, can I?

Did I tell you about my first day as a DJ assistant? I got the name of “The Electric Slide”, wrong, and shouted out, “It’s Eclectic!”.

No, that’s not true. Makes for a good story, though,

I do have a true story about the word eclectic, though.

Greenwich Old Town Hall

Back, (way, way back), I lived and worked in Greenwich, Connecticut. I worked in a small discount department store, where the close knit employees all felt like family.

The owner of the store was like a second father to me. One day he asked me about my taste in music. I said something like, ‘My taste in music is eclectic”. The boss looked at me, and said, “Don’t use that word here”.

I didn’t understand what he meant…..could there be an obscene, second meaning to eclectic that I didn’t know? I was really puzzled and upset.

Finally, I got it. My poor SAT mind was oriented to using big words. Then I realized not everyone has that broad a vocabulary. Some people wouldn’t understand, and the rest would think I sounded like a snob.

In short, don’t use a $20 word, when a $5 word will do just fine.

Cloud Over Greenwich.

I’m about to do it, again.

Yes, indeed.  Once was not enough. Actually, three times was not enough.

I’m amazed at artists who don’t get bored doing the same subject, or the same motif, without being bored.  Not envious, mind you, just amazed.

Confession: I looked through my old drawings earlier and found a lot of repeat subjects.  Lots of landscapes, skyscapes, cats, and empty chairs.

Speaking of empty chairs, Vincent Van Gogh managed to paint complete psychological portraits through still lifes incorporating an empty chair.  What is so evocative, I keep being drawn to the same subject?

Of course, each is with a twist:

 

And so on…..

I’m about to do another chair…of course, with a twist.

Riddle Me This:

What do this kitten:

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This old drawing of mine:

sunnychairfinished72

 

This geranium:geranium

 

And this scene I photographed while visiting friends have in common?

danburytrees

 

I’m going to weave them all into a very complex drawing..something that’s been on my mind since I was young…but was always a little timid to try.  So, there are going to be a few preliminary sketches on the way….here’s the first:

kittensketch

 

Stay tuned!