Can You Spot The Ramone?

When I was interviewed via Skype by Tremendous Tom Racine, (note to self for next time: closer, better lighting, don’t look down so much! and try to relax…) I had this painting in the background.  Or, rather, part of it.  Here it is in it’s entirety.  Almost. (note to self: find professional art photographer.)  Steve posed for some of the characters, including the two on the couch and the lady with the wild pink hair.  The gal in the yellow pants is loosely based on my gorgeous sister and the dude next to her comes from a project I did waaaay back at the Seattle Art Institute.  The banjo player is based on a very dear friend.  The fellow staring at the viewer on the right became the inspiration for Tim The Ghoul in Our Local Ghouls.  A few of these characters show up in other paintings.  My idea was to build an odd sort of repertory company of players that would become familiar to viewers.  Oh, and the Ramone is Dee Dee, peering in the window.  I’ve included a detail below the main painting.  Also, you can better see the Orion constellation, which is why I titled the painting “Orion”.

What I call my “narrative” paintings are scenes where the viewer can come to any conclusion they like regarding what is going on.

I thought most of this turned out well, but I was never happy with the rather drunken-looking curly haired gal on the bottom left.  I just didn’t like the blue bit below her mouth.  Are artists EVER satisfied??

Have a stupendous week, everyone!  I hope your Autumn is starting off just the way you want.

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