Listening to music can act as a time machine that transports you to where you were when you first heard, or loved, a certain song. I still listen to much of the music I did in my high school art classroom because it was there I met one of the most inspirational people in my life, my teacher for three years, Mr. Walter Linebarger. Wally taught me so much about art, and life, and overcoming obstacles that I am forever grateful. Wonderful music was always playing in the background...Counting Crows, Indigo Girls, Sarah McLachlan...too many to name. In those years I worked under him he truly left footprints on my soul.
I am fortunate enough to still keep in touch with him despite him having moved to Missouri several years ago, and recently asked him what he has been listening to lately. He emailed me a playlist and on it was, "Hide and Seek", by Imogen Heap. I listened to it while I was painting this and felt like he was right next to me again, with his hind softly on my shoulder, guiding me and offering support.
where are we? what the hell is going on? the dust has only just begun to form crop circles in the carpet sinking feeling
spin me round again and rub my eyes, this can't be happening when busy streets a mess with people would stop to hold their heads heavy
hide and seek trains and sewing machines all those years they were here first
oily marks appear on walls where pleasure moments hung before the takeover, the sweeping insensitivity of this still life
hide and seek trains and sewing machines (oh, you won't catch me around here) blood and tears (hearts) they were here first
Mmmm whatcha say, Mmm that you only meant well? well of course you did Mmmm whatcha say, Mmmm that it's all for the best? of course it is Mmmm whatcha say? Mmmm that it's just what we need you decided this whatcha say? Mmmm what did she say?
ransom notes keep falling out your mouth mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut outs speak no feeling no I don't believe you you don't care a bit, you don't care a bit
Canvas is museum-quality, wired and ready to hang, and painted on all sides so there is no need to frame. Painting is highly textured, containing multiple layers. Layers include handwriting, circular background shapes, transparent color overlay and rich texture. Inspired by the Imogen Heap song of the same name. See my blog for more details of the story behind the painting.