Monday, November 30, 2009
Last night I was reading a spy novel set in 1958, around the time of the sputnik era, and there was a description of the Jupiter rocket that would launch the US's first satellite, and it mentioned that there were the letters "UE" on the side...
I have a painting that I did when I was 8, and it was exactly that rocket.
I happened to be looking at the painting, recently, and wondering why I put those letters, rather than "US" or something. I found the image that I painted it from (must've been in LIFE or Nat. Geo., originally), online. Apparently I was a very diligent copier.
Just now, looking at the original photo and the painting, together, I remembered being 8 years old, with brushes and gouache, in my room with the grey linoleum tile, in the house on Iliaina street, listening to "The Hurdy Gurdy Man".
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In the 1930's depression, two Massachusetts farm boys- the Granville Brothers- learned of a cash prize offered at air races. Despite knowing nothing of either flying or aeronautical design, they set out to build and race (and win) with their iconic (and very dangerous) Gee Bee racer.
Its fun to paint- to freeze in space- a dynamic object in motion.
oil on canvas, 30 x 48 inches
In February of 1960 Maj. Joe Kittenger jumped from the balloon Excelsior at an altitude of 120,000 feet over New Mexico. Officially, testing of pressure suits for space flight was the objective of the mission.
Maybe it was also for the thrill of it all.
The helmet makes the figure look a bit baby-like, jumping into life. This image is a powerful metaphor for taking risks, calculated or not.
oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches