Madam I’m Adam & The Birth of Athena

by Alden Cole on April 6, 2015 · 0 comments

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – The Buddha

MadamImAdamWPMadam I’m Adam • oil on plywood panel 48″ x 37-1/2″ • collection of the artist.

1978: around the same time I created The Sea Priestess and Moon Magic covers for Weiser’s, I painted this on a found-on-the-street plywood panel which at the time I dubbed EveAdam. It’s also been know at times as Black Widow or even Buddha’s Dream, but it finally found its true name this spring – Madam I’m Adam – my favorite, easy to remember palindrome (along with “a man, a
BirthofAthenaWP plan, a canal, Panama”).
Anyway, a couple weeks ago while supplying friend Kate Mellina with a better photograph of the art for the website that she and husband Dave Christopher are developing, which will feature my home one of these fine spring days, I reminded myself that there was another painting – very unfinished – on the reverse which I hadn’t looked at in years. Removing it from the wall where it’s been hanging for quite some time to have a good look again, I was inspired to take better photographs of both paintings. Now I’m even thinking about trying my hand at developing certain areas in this painting started almost 40 years ago that never got beyond the initial stages for lack of confidence in my technique. Incidentally, this painting also found its name this spring – The Birth of Athena. Now to find the wisdom of its completion.


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