"Thieves inthe Temple" (portrait of John Michael Lopez. 1960-1990) Anyone with an eye for large details can tell that, while I spend my days (these days) drawing pretty much everything in my life (1960 through 2014, thus far), I scarcely ever draw anything or anyone from the late 80's/very early 90's.  It was, to say the least, a difficult era for many of us. Allan Gurganus dealt with it well and masterfully (and, more importantly, kindly) in his novel "Plays Well With Others".

Oddly enough, I haven't mentioned John to anyone (except Herve, when I first him, twelve years ago) for almost 25 years. Doing so has always seemed irrelevant to anything currently at hand.....and it was long ago and far away from the life I lead these days.

I'd started work on this portrait, but had laid it aside.  Yesterday, my friend/neighbor, April, encouraged me to finish it....so, I did.  The title (which occurred to me before I began the portrait) is from a Prince song.  I don't, as a very general rule, spend a lot of time quoting lyrics from Prince.......but in this case it's wistfully appropriate.  As I said....it was all, now, long ago and far away.

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go to (the lyrics MATTER):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYWzBPqEaHg