Artistic Progression and Threats of Burning

January 10, 2010

The top pencil drawing by Monte is an obviously very old drawing of a grizzly bear.  The purpose of posting this drawing is to illustrate the artistic progression of Monte’s skills.  Again, another sign of the age of this drawing is the type of signature block used by Monte.

Below is  drawing which illustrates a stark contrast to the previous drawing and clearly provides an example of Monte’s artistic progression.

As briefly touched on earlier, over the years, Monte was quite aware of the growth of his artistic abilities  and he possessed many works of art he would have preferred not to see the light of day.  For the longest time, several of his works of art were on display at his parents’ house in Monterey. Over the years, Monte would plead with his mother to take these works down (one included a winter scene with ducks and an old Sycamore tree and the other was a drawing of  an early family pet).  On different occasions,  each time Monte would ask his mother Zelma to take them down, she would refuse.  He even offered to replace his older pieces with pieces he felt bore a better quality. Zelma, through sentiment and pride she had in the abilities of her son, still refused.

The pieces were only returned to Monte upon the death of his parents.

One other interesting tale involving Monte and his personal, artistic eye was his Monte’s periodic threat of burning works of art he felt did not show adequate quality.  At one point, when Monte was not home, his wife, Sharyl, out of fear of Monte doing just that, snuck two large containers of Monte’s artwork out of their house and gave them to their son, Eric, for safekeeping.   (The two illustrations in this posting were among those drawings).

When he found out, Monte bore a great deal of resentment toward having his hard wrought creations slipped away in secret.  After his continued protest, under his promise not to destroy them, eventually they were returned.

It is suspected, from time to time, Monte did in fact destroy some of his pieces. Several pieces known to have exist can’t be accounted for.


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