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Thursday, August 3

The many faces of Jerry Garcia by Heather Mott. The third installment of a serial piece. This episode is titled "Paint the Mona Lisa with a Spray Can"

The many faces of Jerry Garcia by Heather Mott. The third installment of a serial piece. This episode is titled "Paint the Mona Lisa with a Spray Can"


LJerry was constantly dabbling with his artistic explorations, He always experimented with many different mediums. Like a child with finger paints weed and chocolate covered twinkes, no particular medium managed to hold his short attention span long enough to master one particular style. Instead his raw talent and unrelenting curiosity allowed him to become antiqued with many artistic mediums . He loved to airbrush, while demonstrating the rawest of talent sketching with pen and pencil and of course his child like imagination often led him to create cartoons. He was careful not to give verbal opinions on world affair. Instead he opted to let his sketches and cartoons to reflect his views on current events and politics. If you ever seen him on David Letterman,  you probably noticed he had an uncanny sense of humors. When mixed with is yearning for knowledge about anything and everything, he was one hell of an incredible interview. . His wit was dry and intelligent, when mixed with his silly personality absurd yet genius quotes would just spill out of his mouth. His infectious laugh instantly made his every growing entourage comfortable. Most couldn’t resist but to laugh with him.



Another way he escaped the ever changing tumultuous world was painting vibrant, interesting scenes in watercolor. The crazier the road  became, the more he would escape his prison of addiction and empty hotel rooms through his art. His weapon of choice  was Nicholson’s Peerless Transparent Watercolors, which are postcard sized booklets . They came  already saturated in the color palette of choice. With ease, he was able to toss these into his briefcase, most likely ironically next to his dope.  It was a lot less cumbersome than having to transport traditional art supplies that he would in all likelihood loose. Plus the smell of the chemicals  would mask the sent of his deamon in a bag. 


Garcia was a self professed night owl. He would stay awake watching infomercials, nodding off while noodling on his guitar. Inspiration moved him brightly one evening in New York City and was moved by the view from his hotel window. He quickly captured the dawn giving birth to the slowly waking city. This is how Dawn at the Ritz Carlton was born.

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Jerry found inspiration from anything from the wrinkles in an old man's face to the vivid colors of nature. This was a resounding factor in why he began scuba diving regularly, he escaped the demands of the unrelenting powers pulling him in every direction but his own. Under the ocean he found a whole new alien terrain to embellish. One of the most vibrant representations from his diving expeditions is Sea Anemone. Full of bright purples and blues with acid green accents, it’s a brilliant representation of Garcia’s skillful rendering.

The extent of Jerry Garcia’s talents were apparently infinite as it doesn’t seem there’s an expressive outlet he couldn’t master. He was a renaissance man, through and through with knowledge and talents as varied as the wind.

Because of this, every day during the Days Between we are celebrating Jerry Garcia and his legacy to the musical and artistic world.  Don’t miss tomorrow to learn about Jerry’s fascination with hobby shop staples like remote controlled cars and train sets. 

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