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Strange Things Are Afoot at the Circle K


Here are a couple of paintings inspired by the classic 80’s movie “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”. This was one movie that I definitely grew up with. The weird thing being I haven’t seen the original for a long time, but it’s one of those movies where even though you haven’t seen it for about 10 years, you can still quote it. It’s not the best movie by any means, which is what makes it so good. Not to mention George (friggin) Carlin is in it! The first painting was a stab at trying to do their faces as simple as possible. I usually tend to put too much detail and line work into my stuff. I’ve learned there is such a thing as too much. Bill S Preston Esquire was the fun one because his face is has a lot of distinct characteristics, plus no one has ever seen that actor since. But as for Ted (Theodor) Logan, since it was Keanu Reeves, I struggled a bit. I didn’t want to do a portrait of Keanu, but tried more to get the vibe of his goofy carefree attitude, dude. Plus I through the phone booth in for good measure, inspired a little by Metallica’s Ride the Lightning. Really a time traveling phone booth? I guess it works because it is so ridiculous, like the movie. I, myself, would rather time travel in a DeLorean.
This next piece was something that came up after doing the first Bill & Ted’s piece. When I entered my pieces in the 3B show at Gallery1988, the curator Chogrin mentioned it might be cool to see a pin up version of the Princesses from Bill & Ted’s. SOLD!!! Awesome idea, and I went for it. This is my take on what those two “Historical Babes” that Rufus brought back from medieval times would do if they lived in the modern 1980’s. I also wanted to give subtle nods to the other time travelers so I through something for each of them in the frame. I thought about putting in something for Rufus, but I think he is more deserving to get his own painting. Add that idea to the list.