fred's first painting
It can be challenging and it can be frustrating.
You may sometimes wonder if you will ever learn how to do it.
You look at your pictures next to those of your teachers and want to give up.
Your teachers wanted to give up too, but they didn't.
This is where one teacher began.
"Hidden Valley" (1961-62), oil on canvas board, 12" X 16"
ABOUT FRED'S FIRST PAINTING
how it came to be
Using money saved from delivering newspapers, I purchased a small set of oil paints and brushes from the Gimbel Brothers store in Northeast Philadelphia. Remembering a site in Pennypack Park near my home, I labored six days over the course of nearly a month to produce the painting you see above. It was done from memory and photographs on a piece of 12" X 16" canvas board. These days I discourage inexperienced students from using either canvas board or photographic references, but I was just a kid back then, what did I know?
On the back of the painting a series of dates are listed. Each of the days I worked on the picture is noted there.
I began the painting on December 9, 1961, and continued the next day on the tenth.
The next time I worked on it was more than two weeks later, on December 27, then again on the 28th and the 29th. About a week later, January 5, 1962, I added the final brush strokes.
Below the list of dates I had signed my name and hand printed a short statement with ballpoint pen:
"The first painting I ever made. Dedicated to the population."
I had just turned 14.