A collaborative sketch with Scottish artist, Sean Fleming
Life without art, life without love …is nothing. Another collaborative sketch between me and Scottish artist Sean Fleming, done while I was traveling. This one I’m now adding color to and will post another pic when it’s done. I love the push and pull of working together on a piece. Looking forward to doing more.
I’ve been seeing quite a bit of Marilyn on the news-stands lately.. It’s the 50th anniversary of her death. Since she was on my mind, I did these sketches in bed the other night. I kinda like them, but I have this masochistic tendency to draw in pen without sketching things out in pencil first, forcing myself to live with/work with my mistakes. I like to think it’s a small act of bravery, and not just psychological torture. It’s good to learn to let go. I’ve heard Jesse Reno say something to this effect many times: how can you be brave in life, if you can’t even take a risk on a piece of paper? So true.
Marilyn Monroe was one of my biggest childhood idols. She, and Juliet Capulet (of Romeo and Juliet). Yes, I idolized two suicidal women… And Darth Vader. I really wasn’t a dark child though, I swear! Perhaps it was their headstrong-ness…
I loved watching Marilyn’s films on late-night t.v. with my grandmother, while eating popcorn doused in butter, and hard candies. We both adored her. Marilyn was funny, talented and smart. And a deep and thoughtful person, who didn’t want to be dehumanized by fame.