NYC, New York, USA
I read in the New York Times that Andy Warhol’s ocean side estate at Montauk, New York was recently sold, so, I made a point of driving out from California to get a feel for the place.
Fifty years ago, Andy was a very busy guy in New York City, he was famous and he was mass producing contemporary art from the images he found in the N. Y. Times.
Montauk wasn’t on Andy’s calendar much. I took a look around and began painting Andy ‘postcards’ thinking he would have liked that.
"Andy Dialog#222," 10x10", oil on canvas, Mel Smothers 2011
In addition, Mel wrote (included here with his permission):
I hope you are not another clever, growing number of emails arriving to my inbox indicated they have selected my work. My excitement turns to disappointment when I discover they are asking for money from any emerging artists, playing on artists hopes and dreams,and offering so little in return.