- My dear friend Paul Goodnow, framer and artist, died last night. He died at his easel. painting, late at night. I hope that happens to me too. I am in shock. It is hard to believe he is just gone. How does that work? One day they are here and the next they are not? I can't believe I will never see him again or hear his ridiculous wise guy Rhode Island accent. He was a true friend to me and we went on many painting trips together. Since we both snore, we were always assigned to the same room. We painted together on a Willard Metcalf site in Cornish, New Hampshire this fall. It never crossed our minds that it would be our last and final goodbye. .
- One of the things I have done today is to go back and reread some of our facebook messages. Here is a string of them. I hope you can get a feel for the guy he was from reading these. Some of them are a little rough, I apologize to those of you who are weak, self righteous toads, judgmental and ostentatiously over sensitive martinets, but here they are just the same. Portions have been redacted for brevity and content.
- Goodnow">July 18, 2010Paul Carter Goodnow
I like the names you come up with in your blog , good thing your wife named the kids. Always entertaining and informative . was that a 390 or a 429 in the t-bird? Remember the sunbeam tiger with the 289 or 302s, my neighbor had one a few years back , bodies rusted horribly but .... My first Car was a Cougar 1967 , second was a 69 Ford Cortina remember those?
- Stapleton Kearns">August 29, 2010Stapleton Kearns
I know you figured this out, but I don't use Kims name on facebook. Believe it or not he has to keep a low profile, there are weirdos out there when you are a rock and roll hero. Who knew? I know Brittany has problems. I think Taylor Swift is the most talented young woman in show business t0day!
- October 29, 2010Paul Carter Goodnow
Cool that you got to paint with Marc Hanson . He told me Stape said you were a good guy , Susan Lammers said pretty much the same thing before . I started thinking , nice that Stape says that but what is it that I am doing that people have to ask that question? I told Susan that you are the glue that holds everyone together . You are like everywhere and everyone knows you . And of course they all like you too , that is important . Get your six by eights ready for Rockport . Drop off is on the 16th .
- October 31, 2010Paul Carter Goodnow
Stape you are the reason the Patriots sent randy Moss to Minnesota , just so that we could keep you here . That guy didn't catch a break, grew up down south went to Minnesota first then California , then New England , now back to Minnesota . That has to be like the sauna to the cold dip tub and back etc. Glad you like it here . I hope I get to paint in Vermont with you guys , maybe it works out that we get the regulars all together this year at some point . side note :Deer tick got me good man , looks like antibiotics are in the near future .
- November 1, 2010Stapleton Kearns
Is he related to Sterling Moss?
So you got Lymes. I am always paranoid about that. Maybe I have it too I certainly am at risk. Hope you have a speedy recovery.
- November 1, 2010Paul Carter Goodnow
Gotten bitten anyway , and there was an infection or at least a red circle so antibiotics is the next step. I saw the doc and it is two pills a day for 14 days . Just worth taking the measures they recommend because the disease can be bad . I was thinking about you guys that are out all the time , good news is that the frost ends the threat so .... I found out I have high blood pressure and I told the doctor that maybe the tick had it and gave it to me. I hate deerticks as much as Woodpeckers , well maybe more at least the woodpeckers haven't directly attacked me .
- November 5, 2010Paul Carter Goodnow
I am taking the antibiotics for 14 days , it seems that the situation is pretty common so be on the lookout next season and all you need to do is see the doc and get the pills if they do bite . If you don't and it is Lyme disease it can be very serious . I was out filling woodpecker holes in the barn so it is another woodpecker related incident! I tacked a black plastic bag on the back of the barn and so far no more attacks . Happy painting man.
- November 26, 2010Paul Carter Goodnow
TM and I were wondering if we will be able to get you to go to Vermont in about January when we go because of your celebrity status . happy for you having such a big following but hoping that it doesn't mean you won't be able to go then , would be nice to get the gang together . I think it will be my one trip up there .
I try not to be a follower but logic wins out sometimes , I had tried the walnut oil , and still use the medium sometimes and have titanium white graham paint , which I like , then a year or so later when we were painting in Vermont you were using the Liquin . I tried it one time when I couldn't get the walnut oil knowing that you liked it . I got hooked on it and am even using it mixed with oil color to do some finishes on frames . I guess it is good to have all the info you can because even if reluctant at first ..... I can see the liquin in the picture of you painting . They should give you endorsements .
- February 1, 2011Stapleton Kearns
The walnut oil is good too, but I worry about all of the warnings on the bottle about flammability.
Is Tony Francona right about Becket?
Wow Stape you have added new names to the repertoire , now we have Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez added as well . So you mean that a rag with walnut oil must be highly flammable even more so than another medium ? that would be a concern for sure . I empty wastebasket once a week now . that 11x14 that you did in the fall in Vermont finished drying out with a gloss and hasn't needed varnishing at all , pretty impressive in that regard , love the painting too. I tend to use the Liquin now anyway but thanks for mentioniung the volatility .
Ah Yes speaking on volatility , The Tampa Bay Rays haver chosen to ignore the volatlity of our old friend Manny Ramirez (Manram to his closest friends) and they gave him a contract so he will be facing the Red sox this season . They still haven't signed Alex Katz however.
- February 23, 2011Paul Carter Goodnow
Hey Stape when someone says a woman's face has character aren't they really saying something else in a roundabout way? Mens faces can have character and it doesn't mean they are ugly .
- February 23, 2011Paul Carter Goodnow
If it gets to 5.00 a gallon you might have to be taking weight out of the trunk of the Lincoln or installing a sail or something . I have an 8 cylinder in the truck , fortunately I can't afford to think about changing vehicles so that makes that decision easy. We need something that will run on old turpentine and urine for the long painting trips . If only more scientists were pleinaire painters ....
- February 23, 2011Stapleton Kearns
The gas isn't such a big deal. You would have to burn a loy of gas to recoup the cost of replacing a vehicle. I just got a 96 Honda Civic. Looks clean, runs like a top. That should cut our fleet average. I think it gets 40 mpg. I got a deal on it because it was old and had a stick. No one can drive a stick anymore.
- March 10, 2011Paul Carter Goodnow
I often wish I could go back and listen more to the details in the stories that my Dad told . Can't get enough of that now after it is too late , Great that you listened well , your memories keep him alive . I used to get bored hearing some things then , now they would be treasures to hear again . My dad had a heart attack in my chair in my kitchen while I was making him coffee and My wife , Sister and Brother in law were sitting with him . He had a triple bypass years before but you never expect it so sudden and I tried to revive him but he was just gone . Only 66 . I miss him and it feels good to miss him as I am sure you miss your Dad and always will . I didn't get to spend the time you had with your Dad near the end and I am sure he heared every word you said to him when you were there and knew you were there , all worthwhile time well spent . That story was beautifully done .
- April 24, 2011Paul Carter Goodnow
Hey , I actually have to buy the gold if you think about it . I have started using RgH now too though I haven't loaded tubes yet.. I wanted to tell you that after seeing three of his paintings , I totally get what you ask the question for but it should be "whats the deal with Alex Katz buyers?"
- May 25, 2011Paul Carter Goodnow
I saw something about shellac being from tree resin or something , I was remembering it being from the secretions of the lac bug . Seriously if it isn't shellac it is lacquer but they actual say that in one of the reference books , that stuck with me , not that I was going to go looking for lac bugs to coax out their secretions or anything . Well I bought the RGH now I have been forgetting to buy the tubes and they have been sitting in their jars but I will be using them soon . I sometimes look at the pretty colors when I am squeezing out the Windsor Newton so that is a start. Still using Liquin , I really like that stuff .
- May 25, 2011Paul Carter Goodnow
I found myself using the Zinser on panels sometimes too , I had a gallon and after reading it said "sounds like great stuff . "
wish I could remember this exactly but there was a study by norwegians I believe it was , that found that going to museums and plays was good for your health . I mean it was doctors that did the study . Was on the news yesterday wish I had recorded it but it must be somewhere on the internet .
- July 4, 2011Paul Carter Goodnow
I too have come to see the need for the cheap but decent frames and will be gathering up the damaged omegas returned from shows to metal leaf and recycle them . I was just looking at a 16x24 Strisk "driftwood"frame because I won't have time to make one for a show . The frame came off his painting to give way to a nice goldleaf one when I sold the painting. Now suddenly the driftwood has new appeal.