If you know me well, you know that I love the 1970’s TV series Good Times. I love James, Florida, J.J., Thelma, and especially Willona. I could sit through an entire season in one sitting.
Besides the campy 70s jokes, great cast, and perfect theme song, Good Times had one other element that always made me happy: the artwork of American artist Ernie Barnes. Ernie’s artwork was featured in every episode’s end credits, and often in episodes themselves. The character of J.J. was supposed to be an artist, and whenever “his” artwork needed to be shown for area of plot, Ernie’s would be used. It was even often ridiculed by J.J.’s sassy sister, Thelma.
Ernie’s art grew on me fast. It’s beautiful. I love his fluidity, colors, and atmosphere. Each of his subjects has so much personality, even when you can’t see their face. I love what he’s saying with each of his paintings, and the images stay with me long after I see them.
He was a truly talented American artist.