12 April 2015

Medium: Leftover Acrylic Paint with Leftover Sealer on Leftover Masonite
Dimensions: 4 feet by 5½ feet

I wanted a real Jackson Pollock, but after pricing a couple, I gave up on that idea. It had also occurred to me that a painting on canvas might not hold up well when hung on the end of a barn what with the weather and all. This does not look like a Jackson Pollock now because of those two red figures in the middle. Toward the end I was overcome with my own inspiration. 

The whole thing came about when I was mulling over a genre of midwestern kitsch known as "barn quilts." They are thick around here. On the one hand I liked the idea. On the other hand I was dissatisfied with the common execution of that idea. So it was that I decided to construct my own outré barn quilt.

As luck would have it, I did not have to construct a barn on which to hang my barn quilt. There is a barn already here, albeit a bit down at the heels.

Here I have placed a large dog in front of the piece to give you a better idea of the scale of the thing. Now I need something to put next to the dog to give you some idea of his scale.

To this point I have no money invested in the project. That is about to change. With the advent of clement weather, I must hire a crew with a bucket truck to mount the new barn quilt on the end of the barn. This will require that I turn in some empties.

It has been said that "idle hands are the devil's workshop." Some sort of ooga-booga Biblical provenance behind that, as I understand it. I prefer Albert Camus' view of the matter. "Idleness is fatal only to the mediocre."

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