Sunday, February 19, 2012

Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant is a band that was active in the 70's. I was introduced to their music by some friends in college. Gentle Giant music is an interesting mix of rock/jazz/Celtic/classical music. They played instruments not typically associated with a rock band: cello, violin, recorder, xylophone, etc. The interesting thing was each member would play several different instruments during each set!

They have one song which really spoke to me, and in fact was the inspiration for the title of this blog. "Peel the Paint" spoke of not accepting things at face value, but digging deeper to see what you find. I've adopted this attitude in life. I try not to accept things on the surface, but look for different meanings.

I painted this tribute to the band in 1983. Perhaps it was a bit ambitious for my skill level at that time. Nonetheless, I am still proud of the piece, and am happy that it now resides on the band's official web site. It was painted in oils on masonite.


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