My wife and I were wrapping up an evening walk through our new neighborhood when I spotted a huge painting in the alley. It was leaning against the garage of a house that had burned down a few weeks earlier. It seemed pretty evident that the painting had been rescued from the house. The 5′x3′ painting was stretched over a warped frame and had a large hole offset from the center. It looked like someone had started to paint it but it never really got off the ground. Soot covered its orange and painted surface.
So, of course I grabbed it. I knew that I could use it, though I had no idea how. It sat above my washer and dryer for months while I figured out what to paint on it. Every idea I had just didn’t gel with the gaping hole. I moved it to the easel in my living room so it would never be far from my mind. It wasn’t until I realized that I had to use the hole in order for anything to work.
I chose a Back to the Future theme, having Doc Brown yelling his trademark phrase “Great Scot!” and had his suped up Delorean blasting its way through the hole with electric tongues lapping at its track. After finishing the painting, I cut it from the from the frame and hammered grommets in the corners so it could hang off the wall .