Mick Jagger is now 81. How the hell did that happen? I watched and listened to his recent interview with Tom Power on Q (CBC). In fact, I couldn't avoid it. In one moment I'm listening to it on Spotify; in the next it's playing on the radio. I think it actually popped up on my Facebook feed, too. It seemed pre-ordained that I needed to paint him.
Despite his age - their age - Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones are about to release their first album of new material in something like 18 years: Hackney Diamonds.
Here's the real irony. I have painted a solo portrait of Mick Jagger once before.
I admire so many of the aging artists who keep moving forward, creating, exploring and trying new things. Among them are musicians like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and the recently deceased Tony Bennett. Like them, Mick is living his best life and not allowing himself to be defined by age. I respect that...and hope to emulate it in years to come.
24" x 24", acrylic on canvas