Bob Dylan turned 80 on May 24, 2021. I clearly remember Bob Dylan’s 40th birthday. I have been around almost as long as Dylan, I guess.
I am reading Life Magazine’s special edition for this 80th birthday. It’s a mini biography, of course with lots of photos as you expect from Life Magazine, and as I am reading about the old songs that had such an influence on my in the 1970ies, I remember Dylan and some of the other artists in my life.
One a musician, one a composer, one a writer and one a philosopher. I painted their portraits. Here they are in chronological order:
Ludwig van Beethoven – painted in 1979, 36 x 36 inches
Henry Miller – painted in 1979, 36 x 36 inches
Friedrich Nietzsche – painted in 1980, 24 x 18 inches
Bob Dylan – painted in 2001, 28 x 22 inches
I lost track of the first three paintings early on. I have no idea if they even still exist somewhere in somebody’s attic. But the Dylan one is still with me, albeit in a stack in the garage with all the other paintings that never got framed or rated sufficiently to be taking up wall space in our house.
I painted Dylan the year he turned 60. It seems like yesterday.
Those are the four artists in my life that rated a painting.