This past week I've been doing some watercolors (with my awesome Sakura watercolor travel kit) to start my day. Somewhat as a warm up, as it may be. So, I've been doing portraits of people who inspire and/or entertain me in some way, shape, or form. I'd like to keep this on more of the inspirational end, but am sure that I will stray from that from time to time. I've been thinking about doing this for some time now, kind of like my own personal Hall of Fame, I guess. This will be artists, musicians, actors, authors, etc. People who have shaped my thinking and my palette in some way for the better. I hope.
So, just how does Mr. Eastwood inspire me? Well, for starters, his movies are just way too entertaining. Not just typical testosterone guy flicks, although there's plenty of that, but something a little more. There's grit there that doesn't exist in other action movies. But beyond what's on film, I'd like to think that Clint Eastwood is a man of character. I can only go by what I read and hear, because I've never met the man, but piecing all of this together I think one can get a pretty solid idea of what this man is about. He has a character all his own, a depth that most people can only dream about. By his own words, he abhors violence, yet makes violent movies. He has politics on his mind, but is apolitical. He's a storyteller with a conscience.
I often think of the line from Unforgiven when he says to the young gunslinger, "We all got it coming to us, kid." Then I can as easily think of Clyde pushing him out of the way to get a hold of that bottle of Jack Daniels in the Any Which Way movies. I have something to think about and something to laugh my ass off about. It's all there. Punk.