Black Velvet art work
How many remember when drawings or paintings were often done on black velvet paper? Seems as if I mostly remember them being used to do bull fighting pictures. I think there may have been lots of ones done in Mexico. In fact, google pulls this up regarding the paintings. "Ciudad Juárez, Mexico was a center of velvet painting in the 1970s. A displaced Georgia farmboy, Doyle Harden, was the pioneer who created an enormous factory, where velvets were turned out by the thousands by artists sitting in studios. ... Edgar Leeteg has been called "the father of American black velvet kitsch".
This was news to me. A displaced Georgia farmboy?
It made we wonder about this painting that I inherited from family members from Coolidge GA. It is of a Georgia boy and painted by a Georgia artist, Lynn Gandy, and is dated 1976.
The weakness of these paintings seems to be that velvet attracts dust and the velvet becomes dusty looking. But this picture of my half/brother, Odell Dillard, seems to deserve a little blog presence. He, his wife, and two sons have all passed on but this picture is a good memory.
Coolidge? Tell me if you remember him and the artist.