The Top 100 started as a hobby; a fan adoring his musical heroes and paying tribute by making portraits of them. The hobby became obsession and the project went from the boy’s room into the art world. But I'm still that fan, it's about them in the end, their music, and not about me.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Kyp Malone and Jolie Holland at the Summit
(signed by Jolie Holland)
10" x 8"
pen on paper, 2009
Thus I went to this much anticipated concert by Jolie Holland. It was good, really good, mind you, but talking to Ms. Holland was a bit disappointing. Not that she wasn't nice, she was nice enough but I had hoped she would have remembered me from a year and a half ago when I made sketches of her performing in Nelsonville. She signed one of these sketches with “♥ Jolie” and witnessed me drawing a portrait of T -Model Ford. I was hoping then to talk with the Top 100 muse of recent years a little bit more casual and less like fan versus idol. I have been intending to grow up some during this process and interact more with the performers and make a few paintings from life. I'm old enough, older than many of the musicians I paint but this is apparently not the year. Let's see what next year brings, it'll start in just a few weeks. Still none of Jolie's songs in the list this year but a last minute entry is likely to happen because I did buy her newest LP The Living and the Dead, it is good... She signed the album too. The opener to Jolie Holland's show was played by Kyp Malone. I hadn't given it much thought but I knew he was in a band called TV on the Radio that I really like. I didn't realize it until I saw Kyp Malone on stage that he was part of a series of drawings I did a few year ago comprising the quiz Guess the Identity of These Men with Beards. Had I realized beforehand I would've taken a copy with me and given it to Mr. Malone, he would've gotten a kick out of it. Maybe I still can find a way to forward him a copy. Scroll back in the blog archive and find the quiz under the heading Games, Games, Games. The performance by Kyp Malone was awesome, by the way.