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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Rogue With An "L"







The Rogue Speaks:

It' time again for YOU-KNOW-WHAT. Today I am writing about an artist who is also my friend. We met shortly after I moved to Tucson and soon became the best kind of friends that people can have in life. So without further ado, I present for my L offering, the life and times of Diane Loving:


Born the illegitimate daughter of Pablo Picasso and his eighty-fourth mistress, Diane Loving was forced to flee Paris after what has been called internationally “L’Incident du Louvre,” where she insisted upon “prettifying” her father’s works by cutting out facial features on his portraits and pasting them back on…properly. I mean, whoever heard of some lady having 2 eyes on one side of her upside down nose ?

Diane lived briefly in New York until the fateful night of the “Warhol Incident,” when she took a can opener to several of Andy’s famous Campbell Soup silkscreens. Though she was hailed by some critics, several members of Warhol’s Factory bought her a one-way ticket to Los Angeles where she thrived designing masterpieces sprayed onto buildings in the dead of night. This became known as the “Spray Paint Incident,” if only in Diane’s own head. She escaped to Tucson 2 steps ahead of the law.

The colors of the desert inspired Diane to paint canvases in beige, ecru, eggshell, brown, tan and dirt tones. She fought this inspiration however, and settled for exploring the intricacies of filigree with pen and black ink.

Diane’s works can be seen locally in galleries in Tucson and Tubac, and someday her works may re-appear in Italy, if the Vatican Council ever issues a pardon for the “Sistine Chapel Ceiling Incident.”

If you ever hear that I have been arrested and taken to jail for participating in some wild and dangerous act, you can bet the Diane will be my cell-mate, unless she was able to out-fox the law and make a clean getaway, leaving me holding the evidence.

Oh, and if I ever disappear while trying to find the home of a Guild artist who happens to live near the end of the earth, I guarantee that Diane will have been driving the car, leaving me to be the navigator, while knowing full well that I have serious right/left issues.

I must confess that I plagiarized the first part of this post, having stolen it from the Guild's Bio Book of Artists. I hope you still enjoyed reading it, though.

27 comments:

Noelle said...

She sounds like the perfect kind of friend for you! :)

noexcuses said...

You really had me! I believe that Picasso could have had that many mistresses, and that it was possible for a talented creature like Diane to exist. Hope your good friend's name is Diane, and she is holding her belly, laughing as she reads this. I loved the story!

(My cousin, the artist, has left-right issues, also!)

What fun you have with our minds!!

Thank you for lifting my spirits today!

Sarah said...

I had to go back and read "eighty-fourth mistress" again. Are you serious? When did he find time to paint? His daughter sounds like a lot of fun. I hope you have a stash ready for your bail.

lissa said...

she sounds like a lot of fun to be around, creatively also

La said...

We all need a mischievous friend in our lives.

EG Wow said...

I did indeed enjoy reading it! Diane sounds like a character! :)

ღღღ-Mumsy said...

Oh you have me believe also, but it is a great story, and we all love to have a friend like Diane to keep our live interesting.

Jo said...

ha ha!!! this was one fun read Judy! thank goodness for those troublemakers, they keep life oh so interesting!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I hope she doesn't take a tool to her work. It is such fun!

Nora Johnson said...

Such an interesting, fun post!

Happy Holidays!

XOXO Lola:)

Jo-Ann Sanborn said...

So who did the great filagree? I'll start a stash for your bail, call me when you need it!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I also have some left/right issues and I also have a friend like Diane! I have some similar stories of me driving a pickup while she searches for a rock band tour bus whose concert we can crash!

She's actually married to a rock star now and has moved back to our little town so I get to enjoy her company again!

ChrisJ said...

She's lucky to have a friend like you, too!

Diane's pen and ink drawings are awesome.

nothingprofound said...

And Judie, don't forget the notorious "Duchamp Affair" when she removed the mustache from Marcel's version of the Mona Lisa. Even the Dada crowd was outraged by that one. Glad to hear Diane's keeping up her errant ways and continuing to turn the art world upside down.

dianesartnow said...

OK--you almost fooled me!!! Great story about another great Diane! You know I WAS Diane L in the beginning....thanks for writing about our vibrant Diane Loving!!! My friend too..

askcherlock said...

Extremely interesting post, Judie. If you ever landed in jail, there are enough of us to get bail together for you! I love the line on one of the works you posted here: "Sometimes we're the only ones who can lead us to safety." That's about all I depend on---me.

Joann Mannix said...

You sound like you've found more than a friend there, you've found your comprade in crime, your soul sister. Her drawings are spectacular. And how true, sometimes we have to carry ourselves to safety, instead of waiting for someone else to lead us.

Your friend sounds as fabulous as you.

H said...

How many mistresses?!!! It's a wonder he ever had the energy to paint :p

Vicki said...

AH, THE COMMENTS ARE PRICELESS!
Glad to be part of it: )

House Revivals said...

Funny post! Diane does sound like the best kind of friend!
~Amanda

Gattina said...

There must be a mistake the little men had 85 mistresses, because one of them was MY mother ! His paintings are not in the Louvre but mostly in the Picaso Museum in Paris and some of them exposed a little all over the world. She probably made this incident in LA, there are also paintings of our father ! We are quiet lucky not to look like him !

Jenny said...

How can I resist an artist that uses the elusive color 'dirt' so vividly in her works.

And one who so openly rails against the chaos and controversy of Warhol.

Obviously this woman is a genius.

And obviously she has wonderful taste in friends if she hangs around with you.

Funny, funny link!

I really enjoyed this quirky humor.

Thanks for sharing.

A+

Juliana Matthews said...

Methinks the lady hath her tongue in her cheek!

giggles.

alisonmillerwoods said...

I love the pen lines and the intricacy of the drawings. The description totally made me laugh. Thanks for sharing such a fun "L" post! (and thanks for the visit too-)

paige said...

Seems fitting. :)

Sue said...

Yes, I TOTALLY enjoyed reading it. Interesting and entertaining are a good combo!

=)

Su-sieee! Mac said...

What? She's not real?! Or, are you really letting us know that you are the infamous, quick-defying, rebellious Loving. I wanted to know more about the Sistine Ceiling Chapel incident. :-) Joyeux Noel!