Nitrous Oxide
(©1994 John Akin, Jr.)


(Oil on Arches paper.) This was that same model as in Green Eve. She was an interesting one...

The title of this piece comes from a conversation we had with her (we meaning myself and one other student, we had a small class at the time...). I said I kept thinking of the Beatles song "Good Day Sunshine" while I was in the art studio. She said "You know, that reminds me of this time I was at a party, and everyone was doing hits of nitrous oxide. Someone was in the back room watching TJ Hooker, so now, whenever I do nitrous oxide I get stuck on the theme song to TJ Hooker..."

Wow... Can't make stuff like that up...

Anyway, I originally didn't like this painting much so I turned it upside down and completely reworked it just looking at it compositionally and not really thinking about the figure. It ended up being one of my more interesting paintings of the series and I used it for the post card image for my senior show...

I sent a copy of the postcard to my Great Aunt Francis, who wrote back something to the effect of "I'm glad you pursued the arts, but nitrous oxide, that's serious stuff. I hope you're not doing it..."

Nope, just painting nitrous oxide users... Hee hee...

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