Prints. Pencil sketches. Watercolors. Silverpoint. Chalks & Charcoal. Ballpoint pen. Ink washes.
Politically incorrect. Classical. Silly. Funny. Scatological. Fanciful. Ithyphallic. Erotic. Homoerotic.
You'll find it here. Oh, the favors and flavors of Bill Girard!
Study for Pandora. Artist's inscription with hieroglphics. Artist: Bill Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011.
Cover art (MUSEA, A Poetry Prose Project) Center for Creative Studies, 1981. Artist: Bill Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011
Fairies on the Egg. Watercolor/Gouache. 6" x 7" Signed. Dated:73. Allen Abramson estate. Artist: Bill Girard. Royal Oak, MI. 1940-2011.
Pencil on paper. 10.7” x 8.3"
Of the many versions I've seen, this is the funniest.
Paris of Troy, a shepherd, must choose the loveliest of three goddesses from Mt. Olympus, competing for a golden apple addressed to "the fairest" (by the goddess of discord, Eris.) Poor guy!
There is a hidden irony here. Aris Koutroulis was head of the Painting Department, later chair of the Fine Arts Department, where Bill taught for 30 years. Bill saw Aris as the school's Eris. Aris is the spider in the Riddle of the Sphincter.
Aris (8/21/96) wrote of Bill, “By his own admissions he has been doing the same (to me, ineffective) teaching in his class room over an over regardless the variety of course he has taught within the curriculum. He is either unwilling or incapable of grasping the ‘big art picture.’"
Thus spake a department god who believed traditional drawing skills were unnecessary - as were those that taught them.
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