Louie Bellucchi, the Drummer
oil on canvas
September 2, 2003: This painting just won the "Best of Show"
award at the Art
League of Alexandria monthly juried show at the Torpedo Factory.
This is one of four paintings of Louie I still own. A fifth: Louie,
Study in Beige, was unfortunately stolen by a gallery (the Hub Gallery)
in Phoenix Arizona. Both gallery and owner simply disappeared. If anyone
sees the Louie in Beige,
please let me know. I hope that someone bought it and it has a good home.
I won't press charges. I promise.
Of the four Louie paintings I still own, this is probably the most commerically
viable. After I had painted four paintings, Louie finally requested that
I paint him with his drum. Years before, he had been a fairly well-known
jazz drummer, played with some luminaries. He couldn't now do the riffs
required to perform. But this painting contains both the drum and, behind
him, the book, Dianetics,
the Modern Science of Mental Health, by L. Ron Hubbard. Louie was
an early Dianeticist and Scientologist.
October 4, 2004
Copyright c. 2002 by Pam Coulter Blehert. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.