So I wrote → this story ← for PFC about obscure but intriguing 1960s soul singer and songwriter Wendy Rene. Her brief, unusual career began and ended in dramatic fashion… but not as dramatically as did my art career!
You see, scant photographic evidence exists of Ms. Rene, and the article needed a lead image. So, in a nod to Andy Warhol’s pop-art creation 25 Marilyns (which was done in 1962, around the time Wendy Rene began writing music), I created 6 Wendys, which appears at the end of this post. However, upon viewing my masterpiece, my editor James said, “Eh. It reminds me of Lifesavers.”
I wanted to cry out, “But I spent almost 10 minutes making it!” Then I remembered what my grandmother told me when I was four:
“When your editor tells you your artwork is not, in fact, art, it is very unprofessional to cry out in anguish. That’s how you get a bad reputation in the business. Plus, you are a writer, so no one wants to look at your stupid pictures. Remember that time you tried to copy a Pieter Bruegel winter landscape in tenth-grade art class and ended up with a gray and white pile of crap? Did you learn nothing?”
I said, “But Grandma, I’m only four. How do you know what is going to happen in 10th grade?”
My grandmother, a renowned clairvoyant, then said, “Dude. You have a blog. You can do whatever you want with it. Put the picture there.”
If, like me, you think 6 Wendys should be hanging in MoMA next to Starry Night by Van Gogh (another artist unappreciated in his own time), be sure to visit the link above and flame my editor in the comments. Better yet, why not poke around and read some of our cool articles about movies, TV, music, and fashion instead? Sometimes NSFW.
Without futher delay… 6 Wendys: