"And I almost believe that you're real (Pictures of you)"
Sold on Ebay Auction, Dec 1st for $225.00
9X12 Zig Pens, Pentel Brush on Vellum Bristol Board.
"Any true Goth will know that his quote is from The Cure's "Pictures of you" song (I've been looking so long at these pictures of you that I almost believe that you're real") which is one of my all time favorite songs by Mr. Smith. It's about loss and wanting and maybe even nostalgia for a person or place in time that was so special you know it will never come again in your entire lifetime and these little bits of emulsion on paper are your only link to those lost feelings. To me it's such a sad thing to see photographs in the trash, or even in old magazines as the person pictured is - or was - real and they lived and loved and hurt and dreamed and sometimes this is the final reminder that this person existed.
Sarah and I were walking the dog one evening (the night before trash pick up) and we spotted among this huge mound of broken chairs and discarded lamps and obsolete computer components a huge pegboard with perhaps 50 or so pictures still attached. We took it and removed all the photos, which appeared to be a young woman's happy college years and a wedding and class photo of close friends. We tried to return them because surely they were accidentally discarded... Why would someone trash all those happy moments? The answer was the new occupants of the house had just rented the dwelling and apparently all the previous owned possessions were left behind inexplicably. Perhaps she died, or was physically unable to retrieve them. In any case, it made us sad to return these special moments in time to the garbage heap of history - someone lived, loved, and was loved and should be remembered.
I really like the odd vertical/horizontal composition of this drawing where we see Eric looking at some photos and by the magic of art we also see who he is looking at. I drew the photo in delicate meticulous cross-hatching, as if this photograph were fading, and used mostly solid brush to paint Eric making him more 'present' and less like a memory, it's a nice romantic scene and is the foundation of what the Crow is about. Shelly will always be happy and alive in those pictures."