Thursday, December 10, 2015

Highway Heatwaves & Weasel Wannabes

December 10, 2015
   Had a busy morning, working on several concepts and assignments.

Daily Whip Out: "Highway Heatwaves"

When I was a kid in the fifties I remember looking over the dash of my father's car and seeing these weird, distorted shapes that floated in the air on the horizon. When we got closer these shapes turned into cars and came blasting past us. Whenever I see those highway heatwaves on a long stretch of two-lane blacktop, it takes me back to early Arizona when all the roads rippled and bent into crazy contortions.

   Speaking of contortions, I am knee deep into Van Goghland again, working on images for the March issue. I'm working from a known photograph of Rene Secretan as an old man:

Daily Whip Out: "Rene Secretan from a photo"

Too dignified and he looks like George Burns. I really dislike the guy for what he did to van Gogh, so I took another crack at it, trying to channel the vibe—What Would Vincent Do?

Daily Whip Out: "The Weasel Rene Secretan a la Vincent van Gogh"

   Also working on a cover concept of the lone gunman:

Daily Whip Out: "The Buffalo Bill Wannabe"

  I realize, of course, that, in truth, Mr. Secretan was probably a decent guy, no doubt beloved by his family and my anger towards him has more to do with the legend of van Gogh, rather than the real person Rene tormented. Or the real history of Rene Secretan. What is it the French are fond of saying?

"To understand all is to forgive all."
—Old French Saying

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous2:23 PM

    "Highway Heatwaves" : appears to be composed by a man who's been there...


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