A SLIGHTLY LITERAL AND LIMITED
“JANE IS A GOUPEE”
This drawing deals with the time in my life
when I was romantically involved with two women. The upper left
panel shows one woman the upper center panel depicts me with the
other woman (who I eventually married).
The woman in the first panel is walking through
the city her body continues down to the lower left panel. Over her
shoulder arcs a rainbow which ends at my head showing that I chose
the woman in the center panel with whom I am talking. The upper
right section of the drawing has a spiritual “red head” singing
a line from one of my favorite songs by Sly and the Family Stone
called, “Jane is a Groupee”. The blackbirds are steppin’ to the
Go down left center and I wanted to create
the feel of walking down a city street in that panel. To the right
of that the “chosen woman” and I reappear caressing and clothed
in wild colors. The beginning of an exciting relationship!
The bottom third of the drawing is a multidimensional
reflection/ depiction of a street corner in North Philadelphia,
the place where I grew up, and at the time of the drawing where
I revisited. There is a street I used to live on as a child named
“Dauphin Street”. There is also a Jazz tune titled “Green Dolphin
Street”. I took the liberty to use that name. It sounds more poetic.
Finally, the head of my soon-to-be wife (with the sign pole) acts
as an exclamation point of sorts for the story of the drawing.