Friday, February 27, 2009

Goodbye, Rocky!


"Coffee/Crossword" .. oil .. 10" x 10" .. SOLD

Long time followers of this blog may recognize this still life. I thought of it again last night when I learned that one of our cities two daily papers would publish its last issue today. Like many papers in the country, it fell victim to lost ad revenue and declining subscriptions as the internet becomes more popular with the modern crowd. The Rocky had been up for sale and I thought surely they'd find a buyer in time. I, for one, am very sad to see if go. They had some really great writers.

I never thought I'd be a painter of historical memorablia, but if newspapers continue down this road, the great-grandniece of the woman who owns this painting may some day say, 'Auntie, what is that a painting of?'

20 comments:

  1. I love this painting, it reminds me of my morning coffee stained paper.

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  2. Thanks Dana. I painted this for an outdoor art festival and it stole the show at my booth. It really seems to strike a good chord with people. Others in a series are planned...!

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  3. For a moment I thought you were answering the question of what the R stands for in your first name. What do you think, Rocky Garriott? Hee hee.

    Great painting! The circle of the cup and coffee stains are a wonderful contrast to all the squares and rectangles. Love this one!

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  4. Hi Kim,
    I have to admit, I never thought of the idea of 'Rocky' as a name... YO! You might be onto somethin'!

    Someone once suggested 'Arrrgh'. like a pirate would say. Would fit my personality some days! (and then I've have to say, YO HO HO!...
    Stallone as a pirate... hmmm...how would THAT accent go?)

    (and thanks-- I like circles AND squares, too!)

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  5. I really love your still life works. A fresh approach.

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  6. Thanks, Paula! That's a great compliment.

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  7. Where to start? I love your blog, I love your tips, I love your work... so glad I found you. THIS painting is a wonderful image of just what that morning paper is all about. I like the smell and feel of the newsprint and that pause with my coffee before I start my day (not the same with the electronic version!)

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  8. I was shocked when I heard that on the news yesterday that the paper was going out of business!

    Like Kim, I was also wondering if Rocky was the big name reveal! Hehe!

    As always, your work is beautiful - refreshing as a morning cup of coffee!

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  9. Thanks, Laurel! I'm very flattered. There is something about coffee and the morning paper...

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  10. Nice to hear from you, Michelle. Did you get the Rocky Moutain News in Utah? (A most beautiful state, I love it!) You must be near the CO border?

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  11. What a sad sign of the times. However, even our blogs have taken over the printed newsletter. Thank you for making such a wonderful and lovely homage to our newspapers.

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  12. Hey, I really like your work! I just saw the comment you left on my blog, on the cactus painting. Thanks! I don't get around to looking at the comments very often, it was a nice surprise.

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  13. Your pieces are so "today" I love them. Your composition are always so nice.

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  14. Thanks Sheila! I wasn't intending an homage, funny how things work out. Shows how ephemeral modern life can be.

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  15. Thanks Amy! Nice to hear from you!

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  16. Thanks Dominique! I appreciate the compliment.

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  17. I like this very much. The rings of coffee make a nice contrast against the geometric text...

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  18. Diane, thanks so much. The coffee rings were fun to do.

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  19. What a great painting! It looks so REAL! I love it. Actually I love all of your paintings!
    It is sad to see newspaper companies disappear. We might be loosing San Francisco Chronicle. It is the last one in San Francisco.

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  20. Wow Akiko! I can't imagine losing the SF Chronicle!

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Thank you for your kind comments! They always make my day.