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I painted this while in Jamaica in 1966. I used latex (water base) interior house paint, since someone ‘took my magic tube’ paints (oils). The original is painted on a 16″ × 32″ piece of masonite or hardboard, on the ruf side. As a self taught artist, art has always been an experimental exercise for me.
The painting started with the drawing of the woman in lavender. This color was achieved by my having acquired the ‘mixing colorants’ used by the paint company to mix up all their variety of colors. I kept experimenting with these colorants for several years.
I remember being pleased with the lavender lady and kind of ‘projecting’ “an ideal woman” on to her. The abstracted male, “the jolly green giant” I knew even then was my own (at age 22) unformed sense of self and masculinity.
I was painting on the veranda of Stacy’s Montego Bay Guesthouse.
Stacy, friends and guests could all get into the act of discussing anything artistic, my painting in particular. Stacy latched onto her choice of title “Number ONE”. Then she latched onto the painting itself, hung it in the place of honor in her salon and told me it’d help compensate her for my room and board, which I had no money to pay for. The arrangement worked for me.
She returned this painting to me many years later. It usually hangs somewhere around our house, but right now it’s in the closet with a broken frame.
At the end of October 2015 someone who knew Stacy Russell commented on my painting of Hillsview Guesthouse, also posted here on my Redbubble site. They explained they’d found my name and painting during a google search and wanted to tell me of her passing a week before. Now I dedicate these paintings to Stacy’s memory. She was a wonderful friend to many artists, me being one of the lucky ones.
2014 have loaded onto RB Products, I usually like how art looks on everyday items. ;-)))