I’m quite thrilled that these two paintings were accepted to publish in a new arts style magazine two towns over from here. Its in black and white but I don’t mind. They were put together  with some short stories by a Toronto writer, Ellie Anglin.

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‘Friendz’, 24″ X 36″, oil on panel.

‘I love you/Get off me!!!!’, 24″ X 32″, oil on panel.

8 Responses to “Publishing”

  1. melancholiastudioinc Says:

    The paintings are so well done I could tell the story without reading it. The top one, friendz, it like “frenemies.” They not only have their arms around each other, but which arm belongs to whom isn’t clear and the expressions on their faces reflect that idea as well. Do I like my friends, hate them? Am I them are they me. The features kind of melt along, too much confusion to stay on a thought that reflects an opinion. The one in the middle, the mouth is kind of masculine, as if to add to the melding and indefiniteness, male or female is equally indefinite.

    The second one, well, of course.

    • graphicanthropology Says:

      Frenemies, there are several of these called that. I have a very difficult time with that particular behaviour. I don’t understand it at all, it confuses me. But it seems everywhere. Even more so today than when I painted these in the mid-90’s. It seems we are in a culture of debasement. People smile and hug then trash you behind your back. And everyone seems to accept this as normal. It may well be true human nature, but I don’t have to like or accept it. These all relate to actual people I would observe when not in the studio in a frenzy of painting. Some of them know deep down its them. Every other night I would be putting new observations into paint. I used panels because I couldn’t afford that much canvas.

      • graphicanthropology Says:

        And there are always new ones in this series. Its been ongoing since 1996. Every year I add one or two new observations to add to the pile.

    • melancholiastudioinc Says:

      Clearly, the second one inspired my two ghouls photo. It’s the exact same pose.

      • melancholiastudioinc Says:

        That’s always a little tricky, when people who you know find their way into a painting, that is if it is not a straight forward portrait, but even then, a friend pointed out first one eye was bigger than the other, I fixed that, he said the ears were too big…..I painted out the ears, put it aside for now, if I die before I finish he will have a portrait of himself with no ears.

        The de-basement culture, like the reality tv. I guess I got over finding it strange, I don’t know what to think about reality tv. I find some of them interesting. I only watched Jersey Shore because everybody I knew seemed to be looking down their noses at it. So I asked why they hated it so much. They didn’t have much of an answer. So I said, “Have you seen it?” “No.” I thought you should at least see something if you’re going to trash it. I didn’t mean to like it……the show is about a couple of college age men and women, four of each, and they are always talking about “hey, yeah, let’s go have fuuuun, let’s get wild, get crazy!” and I have never seen 8 more depressed people in my entire life. This show is moral parable in reverse. Sort of like Bosch.

        If I’m trashing one of my friends, beyond the general muttering, it’s always a bad sign. It does not bode well for the continuance of the friendship. If I have to maintain some kind of cordiality with someone for some practical reason, it’s torture trying to be polite and I would imagine they imagine my discomfort and try to provoke me. I hate that and personally it’s not something I would get any pleasure out of doing.

      • graphicanthropology Says:

        This series of paintings are more as portraits of behaviours. Not directly intended as a portrait of an individual. And not necessarily a friend either. I don’t feel inclined towards what seems the popular way today that because you know someone you are a friend. I think facebook messed that up for everyone, and created the behaviour called frienemies. There are very few people in my life I would call friend. Too many people in this world deliberately misinterpreting the meanings of words. Or just changing the definition completely for personal gain. Friendship used to mean something.

      • melancholiastudioinc Says:

        I know. When I was in the hospital a number of people I spent time with a number of years ago came to see me. It seemed nice, gee, I thought, I didn’t realize I had so many friends. But when I got out of the hospital and I could have used some help, they were nowhere to be found.

      • graphicanthropology Says:

        It is yes, I hadn’t noticed at first.

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