Take Me to Your Leader was inspired by a gift I received at an art show in Crested Butte, Colorado.
A young couple came into the booth and looked at my prints. The next day, the woman - who was obviously expecting a baby soon - brought me the large spaceship toy and ask me if I would like to have it. It turns out that the couple managed a storage facility and had found the toy in an abandoned unit. They were going to throw it out until they saw my work and thought I might have use for it. I was delighted.
The next year, I was back at the Crested Butte show and was hoping the couple would drop by. They did - this time, with a cute little boy in tow. I gave them a copy of Take Me to Your Leader for their son’s room to thank them for their lovely gesture. I have since used the toy in several images.
The blue painter’s tape and sticky note are painted in the ultra-realistic trompe l’oeil style, a fun bit of visual trickery where painted elements look so real you might think there was actually tape and a piece of paper stuck to the surface of the canvas. (There isn’t!)
The chalkboard was created by painting the surface black, writing on it with oil pastels, and then wiping off the pastels to give the chalkboard the authentic written-on look. Notice the little puff of exhaust on the chalkboard from the rocket.
The big flying saucer from my Crested Butte friends is from the 1960s. It is battery operated runs around on wheels with red and green lights flashing. The little rockets are from Japan and are under two inches long. My wife Sharon and I bought them online and assumed the dimensions were in inches - they were in millimeters!