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"Panavision" Smylie, acrylic on 18 x 24 in (46 x 61 cm) canvas laminated to plywood (2002)
While we were waiting for our brotherhood of voyageurs to arrive at the fire circle, Tony Cooper and I were debating the role of painter in the movie studio district...





photos Andrew King - montage Smylie

When our friends arrived we started the fire and began cooking sausages, corn, onions and, jalapeno peppers using flatbread as utensil.

Don Tony Barry

photo Andrew King

photo Andrew King

While Tony and I were jalapeno hiccupping, laughing, and gasping for breath our debates began. It was the night of the first televised political debates for the coming fall elections. Our concerns were not for party issues but the future of fossil fuel and burning. We discussed oil, gas, nuclear, hydrogen, solar, wind, revitalization of 19th century mill runs, cogeneration and, the gasoline/electric, conservation compromises.

It is near the end of the burning ages and the beginning of the electronic era, probably the most significant time since we began using fire.


Wikipedia notes:

Claims for the earliest definitive evidence of control of fire by a member of Homo range from 0.2 to 1.7 million years ago.[4]


We have been around this fire telling stories and making plans and plays, singing and dancing for a very long time.

It is hard to believe that this love affair is almost over.

We are living in extremely heady times. No wonder we have been frozen, stunned, awestruck, future shocked, nightmarish for 40 years of fearful Homo un-erectus rightist reactionary leanings.

photo Andrew King

A clean future without smoke stacks, chimneys, and fireplaces is almost unimaginable.

When I snap my fingers you will awake!

"Pathfinders" acrylic on 24 x 36 inch (61 x 91 cm) stretched canvas (2014)

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