Saturday, January 10, 2009

Freenbean & Magoo, Purveyors of Fine Collectables

This is a story about a coupla guys whose wives were always trying to sell their stuff on account of they were inveterate junk collectors (This sentence may be slightly ambiguous but you know what I mean).Twins, married to two guys who were friends, named Albert and Bartholomew, Bert and Bart. The twins were good natured lunatics whose life mission was/is to make people laugh, usually involving some sort of mayhem. The running gag being that the sisters would list various prized items of Bert and Bart, childhood buddies and neighbours from birth, in the Buy and Sell. They would describe whatever junk they wanted off the property in such irresistibly lavish terms that suckers would pop outa the woodwork to pounce on the valuable items, usually at bargain prices. When they got a load of the junk they either laughed or got mad but either way, there was much amusement and rarely did anything get sold. The husbands took this with a good natured, bemused attitude, kinda looking forward to finding out what they were gonna sell, knowing full well that something would intervene to prevent the actual loss of an irreplaceable piece of junk.

Okay, fine, but the fun thing is that "movie" guys came to town and were looking for a place to construct a set on a rural property. Bert was delivering a load of firewood to a guy who turned out to be a location scout and a supplier of props and they got to gabbing as they unloaded the wood. Said he was looking for a place where they could see mountains and had plenty of trees and where nothing else man-made was visible. Well the wheels started turnin' and boomo bongo, Bert and Bart's adjoining properties contained a perfect spot for set construction and it was rented for a fat fee. They built an old time road stop cafe and garage. Part of the deal was that the set be left behind and of course it was a perfect junk-magnet. Bert and Bart scattered their prizes around the facades, the house looking part was actually useable as a storage area, and they planted a wreck on the roof of the garage. They created a set piece from the movie set.

All righty then, this is what I batched up and it was actually a movie set for "The Pledge" with Jack Nicholson and I just added to it. By the way, the twin's nicknames for their respective partners were Mr Freenbean and Mister Magoo. The painting is an idea painting and in real life is rubbish but I am trying to work out the compo, I need more clutter, on the roof maybe...the cars aren't actually junk and they aren't for sale either.


8 comments:

Clive said...

I think you've crossed the threshold into short story writing for sure, super. Nice paintings, and yesterday I got to see a whole bunch of your...new...originals at Marshal's, finally, they look great. This new stuff seems really fresh. You did a great job on the gallery, too.

dorothymanserwaterart said...

Hi Ron. Thought I'd stop by and see what you've been doing. I like the loosness and less detail. Think you should put a book together with your paintings and stories. Your good at it.

Joan said...

I love the "twilighty" look to this one. Super colors!!!

Cara Dawn Romero said...

I think you should do a book too! Love this little story and love the painting. It reads perfectly (both story and painting)..the corrugated tin..the shell sign..the ratty rotting canvas tops on the convertibles...

Ron Morrison said...

Thanks, Clive, your triptych looked great...

Ron Morrison said...

Thanks, Dorothy, I am on the case.

Ron Morrison said...

Thanks, Joan,I put my shades on...

Ron Morrison said...

Thanks, Cara, sometimes they don't look ratty enough, I am practicing ratty...