"Victor 8" 2017 oil on canvas 12" x 12"
Without having an idea for a larger painting, I decided to do a still life as an exercise. I chose an old telephone sitting in the studio. I wanted it to be at eye level so I perched it atop a pad of white paper, on top of a large block of wood, on top of a plastic garbage pail, on top of a stool to get to the right height.
Then it was how to compse the picture. Do I replace the receiver with a paint brush? Too corny. Do I add a piece of bleu cheese and a pear? Unnecessary props. Finally it dawned on me to paint a portion of the phone against the open space of the background.
Don't know why, or what it means. Half a call is better than none? We have a poor connection?
The title, Victor 8, signifies the first three digits of the phone number: VI8. It was a 215 area code.
Maybe I should have put a can of V8 in the background...or half a can.