Q: Do you name your characters?
A: No, normally I don’t, but there is one notable exception. Lola – I could hardly call her any other name – is a red-dressed, cigarette-smoking, black-stocking cloth doll made by an artist in Mexico City. I never met her creator, but years ago a man came into my Alexandria, Virginia studio (where I had a studio at the Torpedo Factory, an art center that is open to the public), and announced that he knew Lola’s maker and he, the maker, would be extremely pleased with what I’d done with her – made her the star of several of my pastel-on-sandpaper paintings. Many years later Lola continues to be one of my favorite characters and “He Urged Her to Abdicate,” set in the bathroom of a six floor walk-up I rented when I first moved to New York, is my favorite Lola painting.
To learn more about this painting, please read the essay by Britta Konau on page 10 at:
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Posted on December 15, 2012, in An Artist's Life, Creative Process, Domestic Threats, New York, NY, Pastel Painting and tagged "He Urged Her to Abdicate", Alexandria, artist, bathroom, black stocking, blogroll, Britta Konau, call, characters, cigarette smoking, doll, Domestic Threats, essay, exception, featured, figures, Lola, Mexico City, name, pastel paintings, pastel-on-sandpaper, red dressed, six floor walk-up, Studio, Torpedo Factory, Virginia. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.