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Faded Pictures from a Life: Not So Good

Not So Good

1968-69

Being a full-time student and a full-time shoe salesman left me little time to socialize. The extravagant drinking and partying of my senior high school year was over. I don’t remember much regret about this or missing other aspects of the more carefree lives of most of my fellow college students. This was the position I had gotten myself in and now I needed to get on with it. A few of The Herd has also gone on NSC and one particular and peculiar friend was also an art student.

My classes went well but being with a larger group of more talented students than high school I was not at the top anymore. As a matter of fact, I came to understand that I was not a naturally gifted art student and I was certainly not an artist. I had a long way to go for that. I worked hard and made progress with my skills and I started to understand what an artist of my time was supposed to be, a complete individualist. In January of 1969 my son was born. It was an exhilarating moment but also one that solidified my responsibilities. While my goal was to be an artist it was obvious to me I needed something with more security and I made my major Art Education. I had many teachers in my past that I admired and it didn’t sound like a bad job for me.

Not So Good, acrylic on shuen paper, 12″x9″, 2021, Mark W McGinnis


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