Tuesday, November 10, 2009
early atomic age, 1950's
"lemon grove" this is the painting that took second place in the recent san diego county regional show at escondido arts partnership. it's moderately sized at 30" x 30". thats a good size, especially compared to my published work which is generally 8" x 10" or so.
the image is from my family album. it's of my mom and brother in 1952 in a town (now a city) called lemon grove, CA. the home of the giant lemon (in background here). also dennis hopper's hometown. in fact dennis' mom, marge, and my mom, ruby, were best friends, especially later in life...until my mom died suddenly of heart failure in 1992.
we all went to the same methodist church. in the 1980's i was living in england when marge and her husband, jay were visiting. she called me from her hotel to arrange meeting for dinner the next evening. sadly, however, she called that morning and said she was sorry but they needed to go back to the states ASAP, jay was feeling ill. that week he died. i felt so so sorry for them. but he had wanted to see england and they had done that. at least. it was very upsetting to our family let alone to her and i assume dennis. it was very unexpected. marge and my mom loved to go antiquing together. she often visited or even "sat" my mom's antique shop in lemon grove. they had a lot in common. for one thing, both marge and my mom were very energetic, happy women in their 70's.