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Coloring Outside the Lines is OK

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I had a hell of a good time interviewing David Weidman Tuesday afternoon.

David Weidman has been a ceramist (not for sale - he's too attached to them) and an animator (backgrounds for "Mr. Magoo" and "Fractured Fairy Tales") but he's best known for the hundreds of prints he made in the 1960s and 70s, which use wide swaths of evocative color and Cubist-like imagery to get his point across.

I interviewed him for the September 26th Off-Ramp, and was frankly a little worried that at 88, his voice might not be as strong as the artistic vision in his prints. That was no problem. On the patio of his house in Highland Park -- a house he and his family built piece by piece, room by room, over the last 50 years -- he described in detail how he segued from realistic representation to his more impressionistic work.

Many artists in the post-World War II period were rejecting the realism of Norman Rockwell, but while he wanted to do more with the medium than Rockwell, he admired the storytelling and warmth in Rockwell's works. He found a way to do it in printmaking. Tune in in a couple weeks for much more with David -- and Dorothy -- Weidman.

Weidman will be showing his work and signing copies of his new book, "The Whimsical Work of David Weidman, and Some Serious Ones," on October 4 at Renegade Studios in Glendale, and you can find much of his work at The Vintage Collective in Long Beach.