Bobby is our friend who lives in the old school house in West Middleton. His whole upstairs is filled with paintings, mostly of musicians.
Ryan had a photo that he took of Steve Sweney from Ekoostik Hookah in Atlanta last year that turned out really bizarre. It was blurred in a lot of areas around the guitar, but perfectly clear around Sweney's face. I know that the motion of the guitar and the lighting had a lot to do with that, but it was still crazy to look at. It almost looked as if Sweney's guitar was on fire and you couldn't actually see the flames, but the smoke was rolling up over Sweney's hands and the neck of his guitar in this red, orange and yellow hue.
So, around Halloween, when Bobby and I were planning the big Halloween party, we started making some other plans to surprise Ryan with a painting. Bobby is always painting. Never will you walk into his home and NOT see unfinished projects everywhere. His passion with his art is music. He paints musicians, musical instruments, images he imagines from song lyrics....the list goes on. So, when I inquired about doing a painting of Sweney for us, Bobby was extatic. He has seen Hookah with us a couple of times, and as a guitarist himself, was blown away. So, the fact that he had seen Sweney, and felt the energy the man can produce with his guitar, he was anxious to see how well he could transfer that into an image.
I think he did and excellent job!! I wish I had the original picture that he used as a reference, but it wasn't taken on a digital camera, so I posted a picture of Sweney in his favorite hat, so you could see the resmblance. I hope sometime all of you can see the original next to the painting....it is astounding.
And now, we say "HI" to Steve Sweney every morning when we walk past him in the living room. It's great to have a star living with us.......and he doesn't make a peep!!!
Maybe I need to start a collection and get one of each of the band members.....hhhmmmmm.........
I think I might already know what I want for Christmas :-)
Oh wait...my birthday is sooner!!!!!!!!!