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Call Any Vegetable
 
1999 - Watercolors and Correction Fluid on Paper

The title comes from the second Frank Zappa album, an enimatic little gem from "Absolutely Free," from 1967. The album is famous for the song, "Plastic People," the defacto anthem of the Chezch underground. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Valclev Havel named Zappa an honorary ambassador as a tribute. So there's your history lesson for today.

This painting has its roots in a series of charcoal sketchings I had lying around, waiting to be used. The vegetable motif evolved as I was adding the watercolors; much of my abstract line drawing has an organic feel, so it was easy to play the idea to the logical conclusion. The charcoal sticks I were using at the time were very messy, which helped me achieve that worn, weathered look I was going for. I don't do messy very well.