This triptych was created by Lauren Scanlon, a very good friend of mine. The piece includes portraits of Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan, all of whom were invited to play at Woodstock and regrettably declined due to other obligations. Each piece includes a hint of why they were absent or declined.

Joni Mitchell’s manager booked her for the Dick Cavett show and encouraged her to go on the show rather than perform at the music festival.

Many speculated that Jim Morrison declined because he didn’t like to perform outdoors. He thought that Woodstock was going to be a second class repeat of Monterey Pop Festival.

Bob Dylan had signed up to play at the Isle of Wight Festival of Music earlier on, and he set sail on the Queen Elizabeth II with his wife Sarah on August 15th, the day Woodstock began.

Scanlon’s artwork never fails to impress me. She particularly succeeds in creating unique portrait paintings. Be on the lookout for more great things from her.

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