James

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One more for the Alcoholics series. I am looking for something here and a lot of what I see ends up in the eyes.

Alcoholic

I suppose I should expound on this title. I started the series on “alcoholics” 11 years ago in Los Angeles. All the subjects I have drawn so far are self-proclaimed alcoholics in recovery. They are sober and have been since their sobriety date which may have been years ago but they identify themselves as alcoholics as part of their treatment. This is not some kind of study in causality or a before and after contrast. I did not know them when they were actively in addiction but I wanted to see if there was something in common I could see by the drawing. I usually end up hearing something of the story of their recovery as we sit for these drawings which last about 30 to 40 minutes.12-15-2012_Erin001

Shot, again.

I know I have posted this before so I won’t go into the graphic details. Today was the day my old pal Sneeky Pete was shot dead 3 years ago.

I just got news that the guy who shot him died today. Weird.

I was feeling all blue today for no apparent reason.

Now I know, I am just too sensitive to the turning of the screws of the universe.

Pete and Lucy-100th Post

My old pal Pete and his 3 legged poodle ,Lucy.

I finally got this painting back and it’s hanging in my house.

I had to go to Conneticut to get it from a framer I left it with in L.A. years ago, and it’s still unframed.

I had a companion piece to this which was stolen by a prominent real estate developer in Palm Springs, CA.

I don’t know if I’ll ever see that one again, she called the sherriff on me for trying to retrieve it.

The lesson here is… don’t underestimate the value of your work, powerful people will go to great lengths to steal good art, make them pay for it.