Again, it’s not finished but it’s reached that stage…..
…..I’ll start a new one, just in case but, very likely, on Tuesday, at Hazelhurst, Melissa will make suggestions that will have me working on it there for the whole three hours.
When I brought it last Tuesday, as I was starting work on it, there was some amusement about how every one of my paintings has a story attached.
In this case, it has to do with the 50 Year Reunion of Maroubra Bay High School ex-students.
This young lady was the first girl ever to come on a date with me. That traditional one: The High School Dance.
She did not attend Maroubra Bay High but a close friend (They called each other cousins.) of hers did and I’d met her at a birthday party, given by that cousin.
For this painting I copied a black-and-white photo, taken on another occasion, a birthday party, not in Maroubra, but in Bondi, where the theme was: Fancy Dress.
Thus the subject here: gypsies.
I still feel the slight embarrassment. Not long in Australia, my parents both working hard to build a new life here, we were not well-off. (Although we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.)
A mohair jumper, jeans, and a bit of black paint, on my cheeks, had to do. For me I was quite out of character.
I hoped that I looked like a Hippie.
It was the time when Rock ‘n Roll was new.
She and I also did a mean cha-cha!!
I’m currently spending far too much time, tweaking: mbhs59.ning.com as we are publicising the reunion and taking bookings (registrations) for the MBHS Reunion.
I’m very busy with a website publicising our high school reunion and so my mind is on the early sixties and the teenage years.