Title: Herman’s Big Adventure: portrait of Herman Hesse
Material: Oil on canvas
I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me. – Herman Hesse
I have read Herman Hesse’s thinnest book, Siddharta, represented here through the liberal use of waterlilies. From another book of his, I painted in the sky the Steppenwolf, borrowing iconic album art of the 1960s band of the same name. Like a true nature’s child. These visuals serve as background and foreground, and their roles and boundaries are uncertain, as they run together and occupy space both in front of and behind the subject.
I have in the past been the Golden Proportion’s biggest critic, usually dismissing it as coincidence, but my draftsmanship revealed to me that the eccentric composition I intuited in this painting almost precisely matches the science. I celebrate this with a gold spiral, arcing with friendly German precision. A little torsion never hurts.
Do you like his tie? Who else has a tie like that? Peewee Herman perhaps? As in Peewee’s Big Adventure? Again, is it plan, tendency, or coincidence? I don’t know — that’s why I’m asking you. As I’ve never said before, some get the calling but others get the itch.