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I Caught Flies for Howard Hughes Painting

Philip Leister

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 36 W x 48 H x 1.5 D in

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“It was only natural that people’s curiosity would be aroused on seeing a six-man crew, plus foreman in the person of Howard Hughes, doing a two-man job. Ten or 15 early-arriving pilots moved closer to the scene to get a good look. My original instructions, remember, had been to ‘Keep any and all people and/or animals away from the roped-off area around the Convair.’ Those tattered ropes would, I knew, offer little resistance to the rubberneckers as they moved toward the DC-6. I threw a quick look at Hughes in hopes that he would, somehow, offer an easy solution to my problem. It was the first time I was to come into eyeball-to-eyeball contact with Howard Hughes, and I was crushed by it. He offered no guidance. In fact, there was an unmistakable look of terror in his eyes. He thought the problem was his, and that I was there to solve it.” “There I was, completely outnumbered, with no battle plan, no relief in sight, and some bozo had to mention the name that uncovered our entire effort at secrecy. Before I could invent another answer, another voice boomed out, ‘Hell, yes! That’s old Howard! I’ve seen him fly in and out of here for ten years.’ That comment seemed to satisfy all the men. After a short discussion, they turned and made their way to the parking lot. I almost crumpled with relief, but as I looked to Hughes for what I thought would be a friendly wave or a thumbs-up signal for my good efforts, his panic-stricken eyes directed me to a new emergency…” from ‘I Caught Flies for Howard Hughes: An Intimate Look at the Eccentric Billionaire by His Personal Aide’ by Ron Kistler (1976)

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

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Size:36 W x 48 H x 1.5 D in

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I’m (I am?) a self-taught artist, originally from the north suburbs of Chicago (also known as John Hughes' America). Born in 1984, I started painting in 2017 and began to take it somewhat seriously in 2019. I currently reside in rural Montana and live a secluded life with my three dogs - Pebbles (a.k.a. Jaws, Brandy, Fang), Bam Bam (a.k.a. Scrat, Dinki-Di, Trash Panda, Dug), and Mystique (a.k.a. Lady), and five cats - Burglekutt (a.k.a. Ghostmouse Makah), Vohnkar! (a.k.a. Storm Shadow, Grogu), Falkor (a.k.a. Moro, The Mummy's Kryptonite, Wendigo, BFC), Nibbler (a.k.a. Cobblepot), and Meegosh (a.k.a. Lenny). Part of the preface to the 'Complete Works of Emily Dickinson helps sum me up as a person and an artist: "The verses of Emily Dickinson belong emphatically to what Emerson long since called ‘the Poetry of the Portfolio,’ something produced absolutely without the thought of publication, and solely by way of expression of the writer's own mind. Such verse must inevitably forfeit whatever advantage lies in the discipline of public criticism and the enforced conformity to accepted ways. On the other hand, it may often gain something through the habit of freedom and unconventional utterance of daring thoughts. In the case of the present author, there was no choice in the matter; she must write thus, or not at all. A recluse by temperament and habit, literally spending years without settling her foot beyond the doorstep, and many more years during which her walks were strictly limited to her father's grounds, she habitually concealed her mind, like her person, from all but a few friends; and it was with great difficulty that she was persuaded to print during her lifetime, three or four poems. Yet she wrote verses in great abundance; and though brought curiosity indifferent to all conventional rules, had yet a rigorous literary standard of her own, and often altered a word many times to suit an ear which had its own tenacious fastidiousness." -Thomas Wentworth Higginson "Not bad... you say this is your first lesson?" "Yes, but my father was an *art collector*, so…"

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