Friday, July 31, 2009
When I left Chicago, after a summer at the Art Institute, I took two big portfolios with me on the train. One of hard-earned two bit stuff I had created, and one of all the great prints and posters I spent big bucks on at the great print/poster/book shop a few blocks off Michigan Ave. This J.C. Leyendecker was a favorite among favorites, that I actually spent money on to have professionally framed, at a time when I barely had enough money to eat on. That was my summer of exploring the essence of Rembrandt, and I remember reading that Rembrandt would spend his last few coins on a little vase as a prop for a painting rather than buy food. I identified with that attitude.