Before I was halfway through high school, I had decided that I wanted to just to experience the creativity of art. One of the new tools the artist had in 1950, was the airbrush. There was only one art store in El Paso that even had an airbrush and I saved my money and bought one. In order to use an airbrush, you had to have an air supply that was clean and the compressors that went with airbrush were very expensive. I knew that I had the technology to build one. I found an old water heater, about 20 gallon capacity, and some copper pipe and began to construct an air tank. For the compressor, I used an old refrigerator and removed the compressor. I had air.
My studio was the back corner of the house and air supply came through the window.
The only ink that could be used, was water soluble black ink and very few colors at the time.
knowledge of art was that I knew the masters,
the subjects they painted and the media they worked with.
I was in a new world. The only art that was
emerging at the time was graffiti, and for the
most part it was considered illegal because
public buildings constituted a target that
could land you in jail. Although I lived close
to railroad yards it had not occurred to me
that boxcars make a very good canvas,
are sometimes not in the same place for very
once you've painted your picture there is no
way to show it to anyone. Besides that, where
was I going to plug in the compressor?
dilemma! I wanted to paint beautiful women,
but at my age and my financial position,
finding beautiful women to paint was a very
Today I have Picasso, Salvador Dali and DaVinci prints and various other fine art pieces in my house. Not that I am rich, I buy the prints, because I recognize and appreciate the artists. Although I continue to study art. I was not finding my medium and my opportunity, but I had an intense desire to participate in that community.
hours ago, I rediscovered the passion and put
all the pieces together the form of art that I
had been searching for for over 60 years. It
was called body art, and consisted not of
painting pictures of women, but actually
painting women with an airbrush, and then
photographing those pictures and sharing them
with the world by way of the Internet.
Although I am past the age to launch a new
career, I can still study and experience the
best my age can provide.
My favorite artist is Craig Tracy and he practices his art in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The art on this page should have given it away. I should have known since I was attracted to Max factor makeup, used in the movie industry to correct facial colors and provide new dimension to faces for the film industry.
makeup, as it is called in the movie industry,
is water-soluble, skin friendly and is meant
for temporary use. This is unlike tattoo ink,
which is embedded in the body and remains for
a lifetime. This art form which consists of
using skin friendly colors applied directly to
the body of a human being must be applied in
one day, preserved for a lifetime, and then
destroyed 24 hours later. For this,
photography was also a keen interest of mine.
new interest in hard causes me to examine some
of the reasons why I did not pursue it in the
early part of my life. I was ill equipped to
deal with some of the hangups that I had been
indoctrinated with concerning the human body,
morality, good and evil, and all those things
came to the human form in which God had
created us. My original subjects for my
airbrush were beautiful legs of women. I could
not buy enough paper and ink of the proper
color to create nylon stockings and shapes of
a woman's thighs, calves, ankles and feet. I
could barely afford to buy the special paper
required for air brush.
busied myself coming up with the right curve
and confining ink to that outlines of the
things I was painting. I was cutting templates
to prevent the paint from being in the wrong
place. I was trying to cover the area smoothly
so that there were no lines and have a smooth
gradation of color from one edge of the
stocking to the next. I was also little
embarrassed that my attention seemed to be on
some of the beautiful aspects of a body and
especially a woman's body. When my parents
asked me about my art, I blushed. I could not
share what I was experiencing with them, nor
did I find any other peer at my age that
understood any part of it.
Staying inside the line is a great detriment to expressing yourself an art. Art, life, technology, all consist of constraints when learning the processes, but overcoming those constraints, and expressing the art is sometimes squelched before can fully develop.
Body art, on the other
side often has no stopping points are constraints
only edges of the canvas that gently roll away.
Seeing galleries of this page, notice that there
are very few sharp edges, but only jet gradations
between one color and another. In some cases where
there are distinct patterns the patterns will be
provided by stencils. These stencils may be moved
about to produce repeated patterns over the area,
and are very seldom applied directly to the
painted surface but only form a general outline.