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  1. The pain and sadness of my city captured so beautifully.

    The figures show a sadness and expression of love at the same time.

    If I knew how, I would animate this.

    CGI ain’t my thing.

    But if I could….I would!!!!

    AH-MAZING!

    1. Many thanks for your perceptive observations!

      This picture started out as a parody of Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon.

      Then I saw some videos of Kensington Avenue, and what I saw was profoundly disturbing.

      So I switched my image to focus in on a poor man on dope hardly able to stand in an oppressive and run-down city environment.

      But I couldn’t leave it at that. I wanted somehow to express my feelings about this lonely figure in this wasteland of a place.

      No hope, no good Samaritans.

      I thought of that famous painting by Van Gogh of the Night Cafe and introduced red and green into the work.

      Drugs, prostitutes, hoodlums, racketeers, violence… the innocents always get exploited. There is no justice.

      It’s always been that way.

      Lambs to the slaughter.

      And I thought of that song by Eric Burdon and the Animals, House of the Rising Sun, ‘O mother, tell your children, not to do what I have done, spend your life in sin and misery, in the house of the rising sun’.

      I painted this in a frenzy.

      And I am so very glad you can see the pain and sadness, and the anguished love and sympathy for the plight of of those caught up in such distressful circumstances.

      Thank you!

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