They're all angels. I only draw angels. I started to draw when my best friend
got Leukemia. And that's what she's left me. And so I know she's really excited
now because it has finally, after the last 9 years, come to fruition, and people
have finally started appreciating it. But I never drew a thing before she got
sick. And I drew that ~ I drew Rhiannon ~ for her, to stay at the end of her bed
so she could see something when I wasn't there. So that she would have something
to stare at. And uh ~ so now I know that Robin is up there and I'm down here and
we're both laughing about it because now it's finally come into its own.
My art teacher Phillip, who did the Grateful Dead weird skeleton playing backwards,
violin with the red sunglasses, very Jimi Hendrix, very strange, he said, 'you
cannot make a mistake in art, so even if you think you've made the worst mistake
in the world' ~ like a big hole in the paper ~ 'you just sit down, take a deep
breath, and realize that you cannot make a mistake, even if you cannot fix what
happened, you can tell everybody that it's exactly what you wanted.'
My mom says that God will never give you more than you can handle, and I really
try to believe this, because sometimes I think that I've been given more than
I can handle. But it seems that I do have a real instinct to survive, and I'm
way too proud to let anything stop me or get in my way. And I have way too many
things to do on this Earth to let anything stop me. I want to write a book, and
I want to do my paintings and get them out to the world. And that's what I'll
do in another 10 years when I decide to really stop what I'm doing right now.
do [still paint]. That's just something that's there, and one day the time will
be right and I'll do a coffee-table book. It's just sitting there waiting, like
the next album.
[The artist] Sulamith Wulfing lives on the edge of
the Black Forest in Germany. That's how I learned to draw. When my friend Robin
got sick, I wanted to send her something of myself to hang on the wall. For ten
years, I'd had all these Sulamith Wulfing books. I draw like her---even though
she is incredible, and I'm not ~ but the initial spirit comes from her. All these
years on the road, I'd look at her drawings, late after concerts, and get a lot
of comfort from them. I think she's probably a lot like me. The world kind of
scares her and freaks her out, and she just wants to do this one thing, and she
I dont really call myself a painter...I draw. So I draw my pictures and
then sometimes I paint them in and sometimes I dont. So Im really
more into the fine drawing... And I just draw little creatures, and little people
and little bits of my drawing has gone out over the years...Im doing....Im
gonna do a book...Im working on it now with my best friend. Thats
just art...art and some poetry and some little vignettes from my journals thats
I think is going to be really nice. And itll be in the next year or two...so
youll get to actually see what I draw, because Ive been doing this
always, Ive just never shown anybody. My drawing is like my meditation.