Here are a couple of paintings inspired by the classic 80â€™s movie â€œBill & Tedâ€™s Excellent Adventureâ€. This was one movie that I definitely grew up with. The weird thing being I havenâ€™t seen the original for a long time, but itâ€™s one of those movies where even though you havenâ€™t seen it for about 10 years, you can still quote it. Itâ€™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. Iâ€™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 didnâ€™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 & Tedâ€™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 & Tedâ€™s. SOLD!!! Awesome idea, and I went for it. This is my take on what those two â€œHistorical Babesâ€ that Rufus brought back from medieval times would do if they lived in the modern 1980â€™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.