Grand Kids.

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” Studio Spirit” 28 x 28. o/c 2015

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I’m a lucky man. I have two beautiful grand kids. They love to come down to my studio and paint or sculpt. One time we built a space station on Saturn. We built space ships to send stores to them. They opened candy stores on them and we supplied them with Jelly Babies.

I think Picasso was greatly influenced by by his children. Enmeshing it with African art. Kids draw figures with abandon. They see the human figure without the academic training. Distorted bodies twisted forms elongated heads. One can see how African art came about. It was a refined continuum of the way they saw things as children. They did not have their vision clouded by an academic approach.  I had a friend who owned a Picasso. ” Yo Picasso” It was a self portrait, done in a classic academic style. Beautiful painting, however one can see how he struggled to liberate himself from the constraints of academia, and he did. He was a great draughtsman and could draw as well as any Renaissance painter. But he managed to liberate himself from the constraints of academic vision.

DSCF3204My Grand daughter Ruby knocked over a small can of paint. She was sorry. I told her not to worry and to turn it into something positive. The paint was on cardboard. I suggested she smear it about and make an image. She did and I gave he a scrap of paper to stick on it. It turned into a great piece. I framed it, and it has given me much to think about.

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