It's also had a Warholesque quality to it, as Bud's been creating art from the things he loves, in multiples and variations.
For weeks Bud created a recurring montage that appeared several times a day in various locations around the house, which I titled Still Life With String Cheese. This work was comprised of four unique elements - a pear, an orange juicebox, half a blueberry bagel, and a stick of string cheese. Each particular art display had a twist that gave it it's own unique flair: the elements appeared in different orders, sometimes touching and sometimes not. The visual focus shifted as well: sometimes the bagel seemed to be at the center of the work; at other times, it was the pear. Sometimes Bud added a surreal quality to the work by taking a bite of the bagel, drinking the juice, or eating the string cheese and leaving only the wrapper.
This week, Bud's artistic license drove him to abandon Still Life With String Cheese and devote his energy to a new work. I call this one Still Life With Fruit:
As with Still Life With String Cheese, there have been countless variations on the theme. The elements remain consistent: a banana, an apple, a pear, and a single green grape; but, once again, the arrangements vary and each new tableau appears to send a new message. (This one speaks to me of the fall of the apple season and the supreme reign of the summer fruit.) Of course, the meaning in the art is also contextual, and among other locations we have found these tableaux on the kitchen counter, on the steps, on the living room floor, and, of course, in the castle.
As I prepared this photographic documentation of Bud's living art, he stood behind me, the artist becoming the director as he cued the talent:
"Say cheese, fruit!"