Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Guys In Ties #5, Armando's Secret Code
20x16" oil on canvas, SOLD
This painting was inspired by a guy I met when I first moved to San Diego in the 70's. I lived in a beach community where everyone worked at weird jobs just to make enough money for the weekend. (It was the 70's, OK?). I was a baby photographer, Eddie was the ice-cream man and several of the guys had grunt jobs at the shipyards. But Armand left for work each day looking like he was a high-roller on Wall Street or presiding over the middle east peace talks. He had an incredible wardrobe but what I remember most was his collection of ties. He never wore the same one twice in a month. To see him walking down the streets of Ocean Beach it was evident that he was not your everyday beach hippie. But I doubt that anyone would guess that Armando was on his way to Montgomery Wards to sell TVs.