Lately I have been working on a commission piece I was fortunate to receive, but I also have another painting going. There is always some down time while I wait for certain layers of a painting to dry, so the solution is to have more than one painting to work on to keep me busy.
Last year I completed "Rock N Roll at 78 rpm" and it was well received. My gallery took it out to an exposition in Palm Springs, California and it sold right away; the painting was gone before I ever got to display it myself in any competitions.
This next record painting will be Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode", pressed on the great Chicago blues label, Chess Records. As you can see below I have a decent start on it, but no real detail yet.
Luckily, I have an idea. "Johnny B. Goode" was so influential that NASA included it in the Golden Record featuring the sounds of earth on the Voyager space missions in 1977. Currently, out beyond our solar system there is "Johnny B. Goode" among other music and sounds traveling and waiting for other intelligent life to discover. On this Golden Record there is a cover with diagrams demonstrating on how to play the record and how it works, as well as the location of Earth. Since a plain, graphic-less record sleeve lacks interest, I'm going to invent my own sleeve using the diagrams from the Golden Record. The second image below is what my sleeve for the painting will look like. I think this is the extra bit of appeal I'm looking for with this piece.