20.000 x 17.000 x 0.020 inches
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Behind The Barn
Drawing - Graphite Pencil On Cold Press Illustration Board
This drawing Is one that I did in high school. I named it "Behind The Barn" because this is the view you would see if you misbehaved and were taken out behind the barn for a spanking, whooping, or a beating, which ever you prefer to call it.
The real meaning behind this drawing is discipline. The assignment when I originally chose to draw the barn was something that was personal to me. Well I chose to draw the barn because it was close to the school and sat on the land that was the old family homestead where my father was born and grew up. I had heard the stories by my father and people that were of that same generation. They would say "If your bad, I will have to take you out behind the barn for a spanking.
The art teacher I had was called Mr. Wilson. In a small farming community the schools were small and Mr. Wilson taught art to students from grade school all the way to seniors in high school. So having the same teacher all though my school days was really an advantage that I am only now realizing.
By the time I was in high school Mr. Wilson and I had become good friends. He recognized I had a talent and approached the teaching of art as a martial art instructor would teach his pupil. The TV show "Kung Fu" was popular at the time and Mr. Wilson would call me Grass Hopper, and I would call him Master.
Only know do I realize that he taught me the discipline every artist must learn to become a true artist. He would say thing like, "If it is worth doing, It is worth doing well".
In this drawing is a good example of my signature on my early artwork. I would sometimes sign and erase my name several times. So I would sign my name in a part of the art as if to hide it. My teacher said You will be "Grass hopper" until you learn to sign your name. Only then can you be called "Artist". Thank you Master Wilson!
Thanks to you for looking at my art,
January 27th, 2014
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