This painting is the first portrait I have done of Rain Song Beerhorst who is the youngest of the clan. She does a great job holding still for a 5 year old. The painting is shown here on the easel surrounded with the inspiration and drawing resources that typically accompany the paintings on the easel. I seem to need all this stuff crowded around the painting to help me feel cozy and creative. Some times I think I would like to exhibit the paintings this way giving the viewer a better sense of the context that the paintings arrive out of. Besides I just think they look kind of cool this way.
I also wrote a song inspired by Rain when she was just two years old and getting into a lot of mischief around the apartment when the family was living in Brooklyn. The song is called "Natural Disaster". The hurricane Katrina had just happened and living with a powerful two year old and six other females in a two bedroom, one bath apartment all came together in that song. The final line in the song is;
"It feels like the end of the world, in a storm with the name of a girl"
If you are interested in hearing it I can send you the five song EP for ten dollars which is a foretaste of the new record due to come out the end of September in time for Art Prize and the Beerhorst Wonder Wagon.