Autumn Journey 2: On The Road

Over an afternoon repast, artist Earl Newman and I swapped tales of our times in 1960s southern California. Arriving from the northeast, he lived with his family in their car, camped around the Bay Area and found temporary housing in Berkeley. He was a street painter and created portable roll-up murals for the hip buyer’s “pad.” When another painter needed to get work to a southern California gallery, Earl did the driving. He soon set up his family, print studio, and gallery in Venice during the jazzy beat era of Pacific Coast hipness. He continues using the same silkscreen setup from his earlier Venice studio.
Earl Newman prints illustrate our times. He shared some clues to his success:
– be at the right place at the right time and say “yes”
– weigh things to make sure not to do something regrettable
– take courage
– when your work is rejected, heed the personal one-on-one opinion then move on to another opinion
A view from Newman was included in the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts website’s event description for his October show, All That Jazz, “. . . the older I get I realize I have a companion in my art interest that’s not going to leave me.”
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Before leaving his country home, Earl’s acrylic paintings caught my eye; some were distinctive tree landscapes. I soon departed to Lane County through forest and valley for more study in oil painting. How satisfying knowing what he said to me, “we’re still on the road.”

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