Saturday, April 24, 2010

casa de hugo hernandez!

finally!  a dream come true.  i pasted casa de hugo hernandez today.   my friend linda came along.  i'd told her i'd wanted to see if i could do this big a piece by myself;  so she just hung out and took pictures.  hank is 16 feet; thelma is 15.  

what a beautiful day!  the sky was so, so blue - almost azure like a fall sky.  on the horizon, breaking through the blue, i'd see the snow-covered san francisco peaks and would draw inspiration from that.

a couple members from the community stopped by as i was pasting.  one older couple, who run a roadside stand, asked about the process.  they told linda that i'd done the image of wookie with her son aidan on their stand last summer.  today they gave me turquoise and silvery jewelry as a way of saying thanks.

it was a good day. 

more to come...


Blogger Erin Wilson said...

Love the lovely big canvas you had to work with. Can I ask an obvious question...? Won't your work be covered up soon?

And as for the couple... :) I can imagine how great it must have felt to know what kind of connection you'd made for them.

April 25, 2010 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger chip thomas said...

hey erin. thanks for checking this out. as for the obvious, hugo has been working on this house for about 6 years. it's been at this point of construction for about the same length of time. i asked him if i could do it and he was cool with it.

your question is interesting though because whether the work gets covered as part of the exterior construction of the house of blasted away by wind, rain, snow, sand, it's all about letting it go once it's up.

i shot this portrait of hank and thelma nez back in 1991. they've since passed away. it's their family members who appreciate seeing the work now.


April 25, 2010 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger whit said...

I know where I live I wouldn't be able to do this on an outside wall of my bldg since we are restricted by Historic Foundation covenants, but I have inside walls crying out for attention and surprises! Thanks so much for being out there doing such inspirational work. And as for the permanency of it, it is the IMpermanence that is so exquisitely sweet!

April 26, 2010 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Martha said...

I LOVE the stop motion video and its music. Looking forward to being there soon!

April 26, 2010 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger chip thomas said...

thanks for the feedback y'all! martha, i'm stoked to get you out! thanks for coming.

April 26, 2010 at 9:01 PM  

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