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  • Well. It's happened again. Another sprout. Dig it. The photo Robert Verney used to illustrate his piece 'More Art' got me thinking as much as his words did. Good work on the sketch, Robert!

    I am not a visual artist. I am not a draughtsman. I scribble. I do a damned good imitation of Wilem DeKooning or Jackson Pollock. But that's the indicator right there! Neither of them could draw, either. My wife Terri Cabral, Antonio Gattorno's niece, (who shares my opinion of Messrs DeKooning & Pollock and whose paintings look like the things they are) tells me I am a natural and intuitive abstractionist.

    I enjoy seeing guitars in art. The visual representation of a musical instrument presents technical and creative challenges for the artist. When performed by an accomplished painter or draughtsman the visual representation of a musical instrument provides a satisfying and fulfilling experience to the viewer.

    The photo accompanying this sprout is a pen and ink drawing with ink wash on heavy wove paper by Gattorno. Dated 1962 it is a superlative piece of work both aesthetically and technically. It's not mine. Unfortunately. It resides in a private collection in Miami, Florida.

    Gattorno must have been fond of drawing guitars. They appear in all phases of his work in all media- oils on canvas, works on paper, ceramics. Perhaps Gattorno enjoyed drawing them because of the same things that Verney liked about the guitar he drew. The shape is perfect and they never move!
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